Friday, February 21, 2020

ACN 2/21/20

News & Announcements...
NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATION ARSA BOARD MEETING OF WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020 Community Building 33 Church Street Sutter Creek, California. The next meeting of the ARSA Board is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Building 33 Church Street, Sutter Creek, CA

February 22 & 23 ~ 12500 Steiner Road, Plymouth
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Feb 17-23
Feist Wines: Live Music in Sutter Creek This Weekend!
"Chocolate Lovers Weekend" in Sutter Creek - Feb 22 & 23
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Kennedy Mine Events 2020
FYI: Information About Taxes
PG&E Warns of Scam Activity
Job Opportunity: 2020 US Census
February at Sutter Creek Provisions
February at Gallery 10: "Hearts and Flowers"
Gold Country Tennis: New Classes begin in February
- Amador Republicans: 2020 Voting Recommendations
New Leadership Framework in Place at Amador Arts Council
🎕 Celebration of Life: Rebecca “Becky” Groth Manning - Mar 15
AmadorArts: Noah Bunting is Amador’s Poetry Out Loud Champ
AmadorArts Call for Artists: Latinx Art Show in Jacksson - Register by Mar 5
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at:
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT CARSON PASS STATION: Carson Pass Station is seeking a few avid hikers that are familiar with hiking around Carson Pass to volunteer this summer. This is a fun rewarding opportunity to spend time at Carson Pass helping hikers enjoy our part of the Sierra.
Scroll through our Carson Pass Information Station Facebook page to see what we do.
If interested contact Dennis Price:

Saturday, February 22 at 2PM
AmadorArts Center
617 S Hwy 39, Jackson

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Feb 24-29
Domestic Violence Council Informational Forum - Tues Feb 25
Become a UCCE Master Food Preserver Volunteer - Fri Feb 28
20th Annual Grand High Tea & Fashion Show - Sat Feb 29
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, February 25 in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  From 6:45 to 8:00 pm we will conduct confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses. For information please call NAMI Amador at (209) 256-1293.
HEALTHIER LIVING WORKSHOP: MANAGING CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS. Offered at the Sequoia room in the HHSA building 509 East St Charles Street, San Andreas (Calaveras County) starting Monday Feb 24 from 10 to 12:30.  It is a free 6-week series. 
During the 6 weeks you will learn:
Tips to better manage your health
Ways to control pain, stress and anxiety
Goal setting and problem solving
Healthy eating and ways to keep moving
How to effectively communicate with doctors
Thinking of becoming a Healthier Living Leader Volunteer?  This is an excellent opportunity to go through the workshop prior to leader training.
If you would like to join us, or you know someone who would, contact Corrina Male at 209-754-6829 or e-mail
SIERRA MADRE GARDEN CLUB PRESENTS: FRANK TORTORICH - Author, historian, and Sierra Madre Garden Club member Frank Tortorich will present his cut-up antics with fruits and vegetables when the club meets on Tuesday, February 25th at 1:30pm at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson.
   Frank will demonstrate how simple produce can become clever centerpieces for table and decorations. Hear how a visit more than 20 years ago to Winterport Farm in Ione in search of the perfect pumpkin began a fascination with fruit carving. Members and visitors are invited to try their hand at fruit carving. To join the fun, simply bring a small paring knife, a small cutting board, a bunch of radishes, and an apple or two. Or, if that’s not your thing, feel free to bring your camera and just watch.
The Sierra Madre Garden Club welcomes visitors and anyone interested in learning about gardening. Light refreshments are served. For more information, contact Ed Morin, Program Chair, at 209-296-4502.
🎨GRAND OPENING: SUTTER CREEK GALLERY  -  A Grand Opening celebration for Sutter Creek Gallery's new location will be held on Saturday, March 7.  That same date will also feature a reception in honor of our March artist, Annie Hughes. Come enjoy refreshments and music and browse Annie’s artwork and our other displays in this unique setting. The celebration starts at 1 p.m. and you won’t want to miss it.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228 or email

Knight Foundry: 2020 Sand Casting & Foundry Practice Workshop - Sat Mar 7
Kennedy Mine: Amador County Day - Sat Mar 7
AAUW Presents: Science, HIV, and Heath Care: A Woman’s Journey from  America to Africa and Back - Sun Mar 15
14th Annual 49er Bypass Run - Sat Apr 4
🎨GRAND OPENING: SUTTER CREEK GALLERY  -  A Grand Opening celebration for Sutter Creek Gallery's new location will be held on Saturday, March 7.  That same date will also feature a reception in honor of our March artist, Annie Hughes. Come enjoy refreshments and music and browse Annie’s artwork and our other displays in this unique setting. The celebration starts at 1 p.m. and you won’t want to miss it.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228 or email
AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND PRESENTS: “MARCH MUSICAL MADNESS” -  A free concert will be presented by the 45-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers on Sunday, March 29 at 3pm. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove.
 Featured music will be a fabulous “Beatles” medley, a salute to “Spike Jones”, a special Gershwin tribute, a medley of John Williams film score music titled “Out of this World”, a selection from ”Evita” and more….
The band has been selected to also perform in the Carmichael Park Band Festival in June this year for a special one-hour concert.
Join us for this wonderful free event. Doors open at 2:30pm so arrive a few minutes early for best seating….ample parking…music begins promptly at 3pm.
Visit the band’s website at for additional information or to find out how to join the band.

- 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:
AMADOR CHORALIERS: CALLING ALL SINGERS! The Amador Choraliers are looking for new voices, especially men! Rehearsals are each Tuesday, 6:30 pm in the Amador High School Band Room, Sutter Creek. For the Spring 2020 series, rehearsals start on January 21st…but not too late to jump in! They are also looking for another pianist and technical persons (lights/sound).
The Amador Choraliers are unique in that they memorize their music and often add props and a bit of choreography to their performances. Come join them as they keep this 57 year-old tradition alive in Amador County.  
For more information, call Carole at 743-9258  Visit our website ~  
Or drop by a rehearsal and check it out!
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:
“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) Board 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.

- Amador County Transportation Commission 1st Thurs at 9AM
- Amador Water Agency (AWA) Board meets on the 2nd & 4th Thurs at 9 AM.
- Plymouth City Council meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM.
Class: Learn to Speak Spanish - Tuesdays & Thursdays
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.

MOTHER LODE DEMOCRATS OF AMADOR meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30PM. For more information, call Steve Christensen (209) 267-0615

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


SHINGLE SPRINGS BAND OF MIWOK INDIANS ELDERS OUTREACH - 4th Fridays at 10AM - Dept of Ag (USDA) monthly food distribution program, open to all Elders age 60+, meeting the income guidelines, residing in Amador, or Calaveras County. Must not be currently receiving CSFP at another distribution site.
Application will be processed on site by the food program staff members.
- Bring ID or Birth Certificate
- Proof of residency - recent mail
- Knowledge of current gross household income

For more information, call the California Tribal TANF Partnership at (209) 257-6150 

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
- Amador Storytelling Guild - 3rd Saturdays
Open Gym Volleyball on Sundays at Argonaut HS in Jackson
Amador Running Club meets on Sundays in Jackson
KENNEDY MINE FALL & WINTER TOURS - The Kennedy Mine will be open for public tours the 2nd Saturday of the month from through February 2020. Tours will be available from 10-3 pm. Drop in or make a reservation online at Private tours can be arranged for additional dates by contacting the Kennedy Mine at or calling 209-223-9542.
NEW GOLD COUNTRY COMMUNITY TENNIS CLASSES HAVE BEGUN! Gold Country Community Tennis has new classes for Saturdays, beginning February 15, 2020 through May 9, 2020 at the Argonaut Tennis Courts. The classes are open to all ages and anyone with a genuine interest in learning the sport of a life time. Attendees should come ready to learn, dressed appropriately with athletic shoes and with their own tennis racket.
Each class is $72 for 5-11 years old and middle school age and up will be $108 for the Spring training season, every Saturday lasting hour to an hour and a half depending on age group. The up-and-coming GCCT is owned and operated by Coach Christian DuCray, a coach with an exceptional background and proven track record in the tennis world. DuCray is Professional Tennis Registry certified, as well as, certified to train all ages. Presently, he is the Head Coach for Argonaut Tennis, Lead Director of Junior Team Tennis and grew up locally playing in Junior Team Tennis.
To sign up, or for more information:
Phone: 209.304.2816


Therapeutic Therapy - Family Services - Youth Services - Amador/Calaveras CASA
Upcountry Community Center
Ione Famly Resource Center
Camanche Lake Community Center
Hospice Services - Grief Support - We Honor Veterans Program - Thrift Stores
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Foster Care & Adoption - Mental Health Services
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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.
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
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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
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