Friday, March 20, 2020

ACN 3/20/20

News & Announcements...
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: If your business, organization or venue has been impacted by social distancing, please e-mail me at, and I will post your information here on ACN or share it on our Facebook page at
Please contact the venue or coordinators for cancelled, postponed and/or rescheduled events. If you are an Event/Supporting Advertiser and are cancelling or postponing an event, please contact me at 
Amador County Public Health
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County Offices to close to the public beginning March 20
PG&E: Click here for Power Outages Alerts & Information
- Avio Vineyards: News & Information
Mt. Zion Church - Sat Mar 21
VisitAmador: Time to Relax & Explore in Amador County!
Sutter Creek Theatre: All March Shows Postponed
DoorDash Community Health and Safety Update
Mother Lode Exchange Community Market Closed
AWA Customer Service office closed to general public
UCCE Master Gardeners: Classes & Events Cancelled for Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras & Tuolumne Counties
PG&E: For Customers Adjusting to COVID-19 Restrictions, PG&E Offers Ways to Reduce Energy Use and Bills
AmadorArts: Letter to the Community on Disaster Response
Cancelled: 7th Annual Chaw’se Day
SUTTER CREEKA statement to the citizens of Sutter Creek from Mayor Robin Peters regarding theCOVID-19 outbreak
SUTTER CREEK: Public Health Stay At Home Advisory
Amador Community Foundation: Ournon-profits need our help more than ever!
AWA: Water Supply is safe from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Poetry Out Loud State Finals Last Week Switch to Videos To Judge Contestants
Gallery 10: Open by appointment only during Shelter-In-Place order
AmadorArts: Visit Amador! Call for Musicians
Amador County: Local Business Mitigation/Recovery Resources
- PG&E Donates Nearly One Million N95 and Surgical Masks to Support Hospitals, Health Care Workers and Emergency Responders
Temporary Closure of Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Beginning Wednesday, March 18
After careful consideration amid ongoing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians announced the temporary closure of Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 8 a.m. for two weeks. During this temporary closure, all team members will be compensated, and their benefits and eligibility will not be interrupted.
To Learn More and Stay Updated, Click Here 
VIA ACWN: In compliance with the Governor's Message and Amador County direction, the Taste of Italy, scheduled for March 28th, is postponed to a later date. Check our website for additional information as we update our plans. Keep your tickets for the future date or request a refund. Contact Bernie 304-5748 or Marianne 256-4275. Thank you!
VIA KNIGHT FOUNDRY: It is with sad hearts that the Knight Foundry Alliance Board of Directors has canceled the Saturday, March 14, Knight Foundry Second Saturday Tour Day. This decision was based on the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health regarding gatherings and the potential for substantial spread of the Corona virus. We apologize for any inconvenience.
For information on upcoming scheduled tours and events, please visit, email, or call 209-560-6160. Stay healthy!
VIA KENNEDY MINE FOUNDATION: CLOSURE - After reviewing current information, in support and understanding of CDC recommendations for social distancing due to the potential of Covid-19, and considering the average age (65+) of our devoted volunteers, the Kennedy Mine will be CLOSED for tours beginning today and extending thru April 17th.
The Foundation truly appreciates your support and looks forward to resuming a regular schedule when it is prudent. For more information contact us -phone: 209-223-9542,
Meanwhile, go for the gold by finding ways to help and support those who are most affected in your area.

Amador County Arts Council takes the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and will be closed to the public through March 31, 2020. In order to further reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19, the Amador County Arts Council is announcing temporary, precautionary changes to our facilities and operations that will help to protect the public and our employees. Although facilities will be temporarily closed to the public, the Amador County Arts Council will continue to provide arts services to our community. Visit for at-home art activities and resources for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19. Also follow us on Facebook for Creative Respite activities daily. Our staff will be working remotely and we will do our best to maintain normal operations in a new, online platform. This is effective immediately and through at least March 31. This situation is evolving and we are in touch with County Public Health and the California Arts Council, a state agency. For questions and concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Meghan O’Keefe at or 209-418-8769.
ATCAA Continues to Provide Critical Services - Limits In-Person Contact
JACKSON, CA.- In an effort to keep the most vulnerable in our community safe while still providing emergent services, the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency, (ATCAA) is limiting in-person contact during the COVID-19 crisis. Effective through March 27th, doors will be closed to the general public at the Jackson Service Center, but most programs and services will remain open with the exception of Head Start who will follow the county schools closure protocols and the Free Tax Preparation Program which is awaiting IRS direction.
ATCAA provides services to low-income residents who need assistance in areas such as housing, emergency shelter, energy bill and home weatherization assistance, free income tax preparation, childcare, Lifeline medical alert systems and more.
There is an application and screening process for almost all services and that process can be handled initially over the phone and through the mail. Information and applications for services are available on ATCAA’s website and outside the Service Center. A secure drop box is also available for completed applications.
When an in-person appointment is necessary, staff will schedule as needed and emphasis will be placed on infection prevention such as disinfecting common areas and practicing social distancing.
ATCAA can be reached by calling their main number at 209-223-1485, Monday through Thursday from 9 am until 4 pm. For more information about specific programs and how to reach them directly visit
March 16-31
- DEADLINE & EVENT POSTPONEDAmadorArts: Call for Youth Guitar Soloist or Duet - Submissions due March 20
Technical Advisory Committee- Wed Mar 25
CANCELLEDDad & Me: Let's Welcome Spring at Ridge Road Garden Center!- Sat Mar 28
Sutter Creek Gallery Grand Opening Celebration - Sat Mar 28
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Obituary Notices can be found at:
March at Gallery 10: "Three Artistic Visions"
Main Street Theater Works Announces 2020 Summer Season
AmadorArts: Free Craft Classes Offered by Amador Arts Council
California Connections Academy Ripon Opens Enrollment for 2020-21 School Year 
First 5 Amador: ​Summer Kindergarten Bridge Program Enrollment
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: 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.
SIERRA MADRE GARDENERS CLUB - SMGC members Tim Jelsch and Frank Tortorich will present a colorful slide presentation on “Wildflowers of Amador County” (including their wildflower classifications) when the club meets on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:30pm at the Amador Senior Center, 225 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. As you may know, Tim has been heading up our Spring Event Wildflower Committee for many years.  He was a past President of our club and is currently a Master Gardener in this county.  Frank has been a seasonal employee for the U. S. Forest Service for 18 years and a Carson Pass (Amador District of the Eldorado National Forest) Ranger for the last eight years giving ranger walks during wildflower season.  Visitors are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Inquiries may be addressed to Ed Morin,
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:

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14th Annual 49er Bypass Run - Sat Apr 4
Knight Foundry: Hot Metal and Antique Tin at Historic Knight Foundry - Sat Apr 11
New Amador Sewing Circle Starts April 14
Hospice of Amador and Calaveras Observes National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, 2020
Start on Steiner: "Spring Into Zin" - Sat Apr 18
NATC USA National Championship MotoTrials - April 25 & 26
Practically Perfect Tea & Luncheon - Sun May 3


AMADORARTS: CALL FOR ARTISTS Artists and community groups of all ages are invited to help beautify the fairgrounds by repainting trashcans, fire hydrants, and other various objects around the Amador County Fairgrounds.
   Classrooms, Clubs, Organizations, Non-profits, Businesses, and individual artists are encouraged to participate! Several of these objects were painted years ago but are now fading, wearing-away, or chipping. This call for community service is a fun way to sustain the iconic fairgrounds and to show how proud our community is of the #1 Small County Fair.  
  Interested parties can contact the Amador County Fair to schedule a visit, decide which object(s) they want to paint, and then, present a design to the fair. Once approved, artists may do the painting on their own time during Fair Office hours Mondays through Fridays from 9-4pm. Call the Fairgrounds at 245-6921 and email address is
- 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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