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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Amador Community News is thankful for your support of Amador's community media!
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Amador Community News is a part of the Knight Community News Network, a global network of community news, information and resource blogs.
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News & Announcements:
Amador Transit Rider Alert: Argonaut Lane Closure December 3rd-6th
Deaver Black Friday deals and more!
Coat Drive sponsored by Serenity Center and Project Thank You
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- Sutter Creek Lions Club encourages public to participate in "Wreaths Across America", Ceremony planned for December 13
Thanksgiving Day - Thurs Nov 27
- Annual Turkey Trot at Lake Tabeaud - Thurs Nov 27
- “Plaid Friday” in Sutter Creek - Fri Nov 28
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Lacy J. Dalton - Sat Nov 29
- Sutter Creek Artist Ted Smith Featured for November at Gallery 10
“Affordable Gifts” by 14 Artists Featured in AmadorArts Gallery
Travel with Amador Spanish students to see "El Teatro Campesino"
- We Heart the Arts! AmadorArts Events & Activities
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- Oral History Meetings - Next meeting is Dec 1
- Arts Networking Mixer - Thurs Dec 4
- ArCreations Annual Art Show & Sale - Sat Dec 6
- Calico Christmas in Amador City - Sat Dec 6
- Sutter Creek's Christmas Open House & Los Posadas - December 5 & 6
- Hospice of Amador & Calaveras: Tree of Lights - Dec 6 & 7
- Yosemite Sustainability Conference - Dec 8-10
- Chamber Christmas Mixer & Mini Trade Show - Wed Dec 10
- First 5 Amador's 13th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 12
- Sutter Creek’s 8th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 13
- Crab Feed and White Wines Release Party - Sat Jan 24

See the Community Calendar and flyers/posters below for even more events and activities going on in Amador County, California!
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SURVEY: ENERGY ACTION PLANS - The City of Jackson, City of Plymouth, and the County of Amador are working on the preparation of Energy Action Plans.  The idea of these plans are to establish implementation measures to promote energy conservation.  We are looking for community input and would like to have as many citizens as possible complete an energy survey.  The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.  Could you please distribute this link to our survey? https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HRVT53Y

CALLING ALL DOXIE OWNERS: PARTICIPATE IN SUTTER CREEK’S PARADE OF LIGHTS - Hi all you Doxie owners, we will be participating at the Parade of Lights again this year in Sutter Creek.  We will be meeting at 6 PM just outside the rear of the Post Office on the street.  I will request we go early so the dogs won't have to wait long. You can dress up your little Doxies and be sure to have lights on them. Any questions give me a call. Debbie Baker 209 351-0011
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Meet Locals on TSPN's Amador Live! sharing Who's Doing What and What's Going On in Amador County. Simply Click and Watch!  It's where you live.
For all TSPN programming go to www.youtube.com/tspntv
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Newsletters
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CA CITY NEWS: CaliforniaCityNews.org
CA COUNTY NEWS: CaliforniaCountyNews.org
CA GOVERNMENT NEWS: News.CA.gov
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AMADOR POLITICAL DISCUSSION GROUP on Facebook! Have something to say? Join today!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/amadorpolitics/
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Do you have a newsworthy item for any of our departments?
Email your releases or news briefs to: newsroom@newsamador.com
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Community Calendar
E-mail your announcements for our calendar to: carol@newsamador.com

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KOLO DANCE LESSONS 1-2-3 kick! You can do it! Join choreographer Marija for Kolo Dance Lessons at St. Sava's Church Hall (upstairs) every WEDNESDAY evening from 7-8PM. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email maryzellem@gmail.com.

KARAOKE IS BACK! The Jackson Rancheria is bringing back their popular Karaoke Series every Wednesday night through December 10. Contestants will be able to compete to win cash prizes and a chance to face off in the Karaoke Finale on December 17, 2014!
All entries will be placed in a drawing drum and the Karaoke Host will choose participants at random. Contestants will be judged on Vocal Ability, Entertainment Value and Audience Response by our panel of three judges. After all of the contestants have performed, the judges will tally the scores and the Karaoke Host will announce the winner on stage. The first place weekly winner will receive $300, the second place winner will receive $200 and the third place winner will receive $100.Weekly winners who accept the invitation to sing in the Karaoke Finale will be battling it out for their share of $6,000! The top 10 finalists will be awarded! First place winner takes home $2,000, second place wins $1,500 and third place wins $1,000!
Doors open at 6 p.m. for all events. Contestants must be registered and have their song selection turned in by 6:45 p.m. to be eligible to compete. The contests begin at 7 p.m.
All ages are welcome to attend, but only 18 years or older to participate. No host bar and food available. For more information, visit: http://www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

HAVE A CHRISTMAS SONG IN YOUR HEART? JOIN THE TRINITY SINGERS AT CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS IN JACKSON on Friday, November 28 during Jackson’s annual Christmas Delights. Bring your instruments...guitar, banjos, flutes, percussion toys, etc.) and join us in the songs of the Season! We will be in the parking lot between Sue's Shoppe and the JBCA.

WEEKEND ART DEMOS BY KAREN CRANE ADDED TO NOVEMBER EXHIBIT AT AMADORARTS GALLERY - AmadorArts has added two free Thanksgiving weekend artist demos to accompany the exhibit in its gallery during the month of November.  Jewelry maker Karen Crane will be in the AmadorArts Gallery Saturday and Sunday November 29 and 30th from 1-4 pm. She will be demonstrating how she makes her trademark “wired nests” that find their way onto Christmas trees and centerpieces. Crane looks forward to talking with patrons about her work.
The current show and sale at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek is titled “Affordable Gifts.”  Here are November’s featured artists and their work: Laureen Shimmon, hand painted silk scarves; Janet Piccola, pottery; Karen Crane, jewelry; Penny West, fuzzy head wreaths; Dianne Epperson, mosaic vases; Lora Lee Rose, feather art; Bruce Peccianti, notecards, collage and doodle art; Sharon Galligan, Julie Trail, Lynn Slade, watercolor paintings; Howard Rees, oil paintings; Curtis Stromme, abstract acrylics; and Leslie and David Schupp, photography.
The next show opens December 5th and is called “Holiday Adornments” featuring jewelry artists, ornaments, and live holiday wreaths.
The AmadorArts Gallery is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, except Wednesdays. It’s adjacent to the historic Monteverde Store Museum and well worth the short walk off Main St. to see the monthly shows each featuring unique local artists. Visit www.amadorarts.org or call 209-267-9038 for information.
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December 1-7

VETERANS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE - Mon Dec 1 from 11am to 6pm at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Please come and save a life for the holidays!

MOTHER LODE NEWCOMERS & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON & TOY DRIVE - Mother Lode Newcomers and Friends are having their annual Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Jackson Rancheria.  This is also our, "Toy Drive," donations are needed and will go to the Amador Sheriff's office.  Please bring a unwrapped gift for the child or teenager.  
Doors open at 10:30 and the cost is $30.00 per person, spouses or guests are welcome to join us.  Reservations are needed before November 25th. Call Linda Daubeneck at 209-296-1547 or Joan Silva  209-223-2845. If you are new to the area, MLNF is an excellent way to meet people and learn your way around.  If you are a long-time resident you are more than welcome to join us.  We are a non-profit club giving back to the community in many ways. For membership information, call Nancy Frary at 209-295-3820

THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on December 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. Our Special Guest will be Supervisor-Elect Lynn Morgan. And following, a discussion, at the end of our tenth year,of where we've been and where we want to go. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at trestrail@gotsky.com or 209-267-0177 no later than Tuesday, December 2nd (sooner if possible). The buffet luncheon is $15.00 which includes an entree, salad, vegetarian offering various drinks, coffee, tea, dessert, tax and tip. Pay at the door - cash (the exact amount is appreciated) or personal check only.

SUTTER CREEK CUB SCOUT PACK 63 will be selling Christmas Trees at the Sutter Creek Open House Dec 5th & 6th - Friday 4-8 and Sat 10-8. All trees will be $25.00.

SUTTER CREEK’S CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & LOS POSADAS - Find the spirit of Christmas in a beautiful Gold Rush town. Wonderfully lighted, historic Sutter Creek invites everyone to come to town for the 38th Annual “Old Fashioned Christmas Open House” on December 5th & 6th.
On Friday evening, December 5th at 6pm, Santa and Mrs.Claus come down Main Street in their sleigh to light the Community Tree and begin the festivities. Father Christmas and Charles Dickens characters stroll Main Street and music will fill the air. The downtown Merchants will keep their doors open late with refreshments and goodies for all. There will be many activities for the children, including arts and crafts and photos with Santa.
Join us on Saturday December 6th for more fun on Main Street during the daytime and in the evening, at 6 pm, is the beautiful “Las Posadas Candlelight Walk” along historic Spanish Street & Main Street. Join Joseph & Mary along their trek to Bethlehem singing carols and holding candles. Take a step back in time with free carriage rides on Saturday Dec 6th, Dec 13th and Dec 20th, weather permitting. These free events will spark the Christmas Spirit in everyone! For more information call (209) 267-1344 or visit us at www.suttercreek.org.

HOSPICE ANNUAL TREE OF LIGHTS - Two Locations for the Hospice Annual Tree of Lights! Come celebrate the joy of remembrance Hospice of Amador &Calaveras invites you and your family to join us in celebrating your loved ones during the holiday season.Our Calaveras event will take place on Saturday, December 6, at 5:00 pm at our Angels Camp Thrift Store, 570 N. Main St., Angels Camp. The Amador County event will take place on Sunday, December 7, at 5:00 pm at the Hospice Thrift Store, 10776 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Festivities for each location will include music, a candle lighting celebration, reading of names, tree lighting, and refreshments. A $10.00 donation can be made for each of your loved ones and a light will be lit in their honor. The names will be displayed at each store throughout the month of December. For additional information or to pick up a form please go by the Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Thrift Stores in either Jackson or Angels Camp, call the Hospice office at 209-223-5500 or 736-9442. You may also visit us online at www.hospiceofamador.org or find us on Facebook.


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December 8-14

THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) will hold its affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, December 9th in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. From 6:15 to 7:45 pm we hold confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses. Please note: this date and time is a change from the usual meeting schedule because of the holidays. For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.

RETIREMENT PARTY FOR NATALIE DOYLE - After 21 years of service as City Clerk to the City of Sutter Creek, Natalie Doyle is celebrating her retirement. Please join us for a No Host Bar Cocktail Reception on Thursday December 11th from 4-7PM at Hotel Sutter, 53 Main St., Sutter Creek. $20 per person or $30 per couple. Please RSVP to 209-267-5647 ext 244 by Dec 1st.

13th ANNUAL CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL - Friday, December 12 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, Jackson. Come to First 5 Amador's 13th Annual Children's Holiday Festival, and experience winter festivals around the world! Activities, music, snacks, Santa Claus, holiday entertainment, community resources, and more! Bring the whole family to this FREE event! For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092, or visit www.first5amador.com

THE IONE RED RIBBON CHOIR HOLIDAY SHOW Ione Red Ribbon Choir holiday show is Friday, December 12 at 7:00 pm and again Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 pm at Ione Elementary School Multipurpose room. Our show is called "Dear Santa" a sweet show about what children may think of Santa, the magic and joy he brings and shares. Made up of mostly original holiday music and a few classics. We only have 21 Amador County students this session but what a strong and talented group of students. Students range from 1st grade to 11th grade. Directed by Cindy Harris.
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December 15+


ACRA BINGO - Tuesday, December 16 at the American Legion Hall.
6:15  Early Bird Bingo
6:30 Regular BINGO
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $200! Beer, Wine, and Sodas are available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs…another chance to win! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. Call ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.

“A TAPESTRY OF WONDER” HOLIDAY CONCERT - Sun Dec 21 at 2pm at Sophia’s Well of Wisdom, 270A Hanford Street, Sutter Cree, CA. A Holiday Concert with Shari Anderson flute & vocals, Gordon Rowland guitar, Elisabeth Breegle vocals. Weaving together classical & folk music with traditional carols in an inter-spiritual celebration of this beautiful and wondrous season. Admission free Donations appreciated. For more information, call 209-418-9003

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Save the date! Feb 7th is the next Mardi Gras Party and Cajun Cook-Off! Now is the perfect time to get your costume. They are all on sale because Halloween is over. Costumes make this event so much more fun...for you and everyone else attending. The event is a fundraiser that 100% of the proceeds go to the restoration of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School. Your participation in this event will help that cause and you will have a ton of fun at the same time! Save the date, get your costume, and join us for a fun evening on Feb 7th!

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Meetings:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
Amador County Final Adopted Budget 2014-2015
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
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
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6 PM.
SUTTER CREEK PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Mon at 7 PM.
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6 PM
AMADOR COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on Thursdays at 9 AM
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Oral History Meetings - Next meeting is Dec 1
Court halts construction of Pine Grove Dollar General project

NOTE:  On November 10, 2014, the Board of Supervisors approved an extended public comment period and scheduled an additional joint meeting for public comment. Comment period extended to Friday, January 30, 2015

OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PMSutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.

Classes, Workshops & Seminars:
Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) - Classes, programs, camps, sports, and more!
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GOT SPANISH? Winter classes will begin next month and Nora Coryell, M.A., is taking reservations for individuals, and small groups who want to begin learning, or improve their Spanish now. Classes are inexpensive, on all levels as well as medical Spanish on two levels, and take place in various locations, generally once a week. For further information contact smokesignals@volcano.net or call 223-3322.

LANGUAGEMEISTER - Translations and private tutoring in French, German and Spanish
Genealogy research for clients searching for German ancestors. Member: Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS). Contact information: Elke Duffy 209-296-5302, Email: elkeduffy@gmail.com www.languagemeister.com

ARE YOU A LOCAL ARTIST? Join the Amador County Artists Association, to share, network, and support local artists. The ACAA meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Amador Senior Center. Our meetings are open to the public, so come and join us! For more information, visit: AmadorArtists.orgFor more information, visit: AmadorArtists.org

GENTLE YOGA CLASSES - Team Fitness in Pine Grove is proud to announce the start of a Beginning Hatha Yoga Program with classes offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes will run approximately 40 minutes and will probably cost $4 with a purchase of a 10 class pass, ($5 drop-in) or can be included as part of your monthly membership if you come regularly to Team Fitness. We are taking suggestions on times you would like to see these classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - please send an email with your interest in the gentle yoga classes and times you are interested in, and we will contact you before the program starts. Contact: Cherie Maitland coach@jacksonteamfitness.com

CHINA PAINTING WITH MARGARET ANWAY – Margaret Anway has decades of experience painting, as well as teaching china and glass painting. She has been published in “The China Decorator” magazine, and is happy teaching beginning artists as well as professional, and is flexible to your needs.
Classes are Tues mornings, 9-12 noon at Margaret Anway’s home, 26601 High Tree Ave, Pioneer. $7 per class. Call 295-8836 to schedule your first class or if you have any questions regarding the class.
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Events & Activities:
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! - AmadorMusicHub.com
Amador Vintner's Association - AmadorWine.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort - Events 2014
Main Street Theater Works - MSTW.org
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Sutter Creek Theater - SutterCreekTheater.com
Volcano Theatre Company - volcanotheatre.org

More announcements...
Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School Renovation begins, seeks funding to complete tasks before Winter
International Organization "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" seeks volunteer photographers
Amador County Grand Jury Report 2013-2014

“FINDING THE MOTHER LODE” - Movie by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien. Features the unique migration of the Italians to Amador County and the West Coast.Italian Immigrants in Amador County and the West Coast. Available for purchase now! This movie is slated to be shown on PBS sometime in the future. Featuring Amador historians Carolyn Fregulia, Doug Ketron and John Leggett. Unabridged copy: $25 total at the ACRA office. On Amazon: $28.95 plus tx. And handling. Great gift idea! For more information call 223-6349.

OFFICE SPACE: 2nd Story Office Space Available Immediately
1500 So. State Hwy 49, Jackson. Approximately 750 square feet, $800 per month, includes water. Call Carol at Hospice for more information, 209-223-5500

"ARTFUL GIVING & NIFTY GIFTIES” at Little City Studio & Gallery, through Dec 22. A great collection of affordable handmade works of art for your Holiday shopping. You'll get first choice of the wonderful selection of paintings, prints, collage, quilted pieces, jewelry, scarves, hats, wearables, pottery, turned wood, photos, cards - everything that Little City has become known for: "Beautiful handmade things at very reasonable prices".
Regular hours are 10-5 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please come visit us! Little City Studio & Gallery is located in the very center of Amador City, right across from Buffalo Chips. For info, call Carol at 267-9189.

LGBT - Let’s Discover Our Purpose Together, Peace, Understanding, Love & Life. We’ll PULL together! We will discuss issues that have shaped our past, present and future. Exploring avenues for renewed growth and peace will be an integral part of our time together. Class sponsored by Resources for Humanity, a non-profit 501c3. Those interested should contact Duke at 916-425-6393.

UPDATED PHONE NUMBERS for Upcountry Community, Ione Family Resource, & Camanche Lake Community Centers:
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

DOCENTS NEEDED for Monteverde Museum. Presently, the museum is only opened two days out of each month.  When the museum is opened we usually have 20 plus visitors a day.  Local folks, visitors, in state and out of state are always happy to be able to go inside the store and experience the feeling of days gone by.  Many will say it is like stepping back in time.  Many will also say, they have been through Sutter Creek before and to their dismay the store has been closed.
  It would be beneficial for Sutter Creek if the museum would be opened more often.  Unfortunately, we have a shortage of docents.  Presently, we have only 4 active docents to open the museum. We really need people to volunteer to just have the doors open to the public. If you know of anyone who has free time to do possibly one day a month, or even a few hours one day a month, please let us know.
  Still reaching out for other ideas to encourage folks to volunteer time. If you have any ideas please forward to me at rkf48@aol.comds

AMADOR SENIOR VISITORS PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Join a great group of people working in the community to help our Senior Citizens live safer, healthier lives. Please call Eileen at 223-0442 for information about how you can help!

DO YOU HAVE STACKS OF NEWSPAPERS laying around your house, waiting to be recycled? Then please bring them on down to the Busi Parking lot in Jackson behind Mel's. The Boy Scout Troops of Amador County are collecting your newspaper donations and accept on an on-going basis. The large cargo container sits at the very back of the parking lot. There should be pallets next to the dumpster, where everyone can leave their stacks. Anyone can drop off their newspapers 7 days a week, day or night. We ask that you only donate actual newspapers, no glossy advertising, magazines or books. All proceeds directly benefit the various Troops in Amador County. It's a Win-Win for everyone, Scouts, you and the environment! For more information, contact Jenny Fritz at artsychickenfarm@gmail.com

UNIQUE JAPANESE GARMENTS FOR SALE - Short and long "haori" – (Japanese Kimonos) exquisitely wearable, lined tops for all occasions--over jeans, over long skirts. These are antiques from Japan, in excellent condition. "I have worn them in public where they always evoke curiosity and interest," says Ruth Gottstein. Price: $50 to $75. Email or phone to set up a time to come to Volcano and view the collection, adam@volcanopress.com or 209 296.7989


GIVE THE GIFT OF RELAXATION! MASSAGE SPECIALS! Receive a deep tissue and relaxing massage and enjoy the benefits: (Per MayoClinic.org). Reduce stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches & insomnia related to stress
45 minutes including: back, neck, arms, hands and feet on massage table to allow deeper work. (20-minute seated massage is still available for $20)
Call Cherie Maitland at Team Fitness to set up your relaxing massage!
Morn, afternoon and evening available. 209-296-2348
Purchase at discount thru December - Can redeem anytime - great for gifts!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Updates have been made in all our departments...thanks for reading, Amador County!
See our daily posts on Facebook.
We tweet on Twitter, and "pin" on Pintrest, too!
HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ACN? Email carol@newsamador.com using the following format:
TITLE OF EVENT - DAY, DATE, TIME, LOCATION. A BRIEF description of your event. CONTACT information (name, phone, e-mail, web site, social networks, etc.).
Amador Community News is a part of the Knight Community News Network, a global network of community news, information and resource blogs.
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News & Announcements:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
NEWSLETTER: Mother Lode Harvest - Week of Nov 25-Dec 1
NEWSLETTER: Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation
COMMENTARY: Dracula Meets the General Plan - by Mark Bennett
Deaver Black Friday deals and more!
Chamber Christmas Mixer & Mini Trade Show - Wed Dec 10
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Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Nov 25
Amador Fire Protection District - Tues Nov 25
- 2014 Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Tues Nov 25
- Sutter Creek Lions Club encourages public to participate in "Wreaths Across America", Ceremony planned for December 13
Thanksgiving Day - Thurs Nov 27
- Annual Turkey Trot at Lake Tabeaud - Thurs Nov 27
- “Plaid Friday” in Sutter Creek - Fri Nov 28
- Sutter Creek Artist Ted Smith Featured for November at Gallery 10
“Affordable Gifts” by 14 Artists Featured in AmadorArts Gallery
Travel with Amador Spanish students to see "El Teatro Campesino"
- We Heart the Arts! AmadorArts Events & Activities
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- Oral History Meetings - Next meeting is Dec 1
- Arts Networking Mixer - Thurs Dec 4
- ArCreations Annual Art Show & Sale - Sat Dec 6
- Calico Christmas in Amador City - Sat Dec 6
- Sutter Creek's Christmas Open House & Los Posadas - December 5 & 6
- Hospice of Amador & Calaveras: Tree of Lights - Dec 6 & 7
- Yosemite Sustainability Conference - Dec 8-10
- First 5 Amador's 13th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 12
- Sutter Creek’s 8th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 13
- Crab Feed and White Wines Release Party - Sat Jan 24

See the Community Calendar and flyers/posters below for even more events and activities going on in Amador County, California!
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SURVEY: ENERGY ACTION PLANS - The City of Jackson, City of Plymouth, and the County of Amador are working on the preparation of Energy Action Plans.  The idea of these plans are to establish implementation measures to promote energy conservation.  We are looking for community input and would like to have as many citizens as possible complete an energy survey.  The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.  Could you please distribute this link to our survey? https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HRVT53Y

CALLING ALL DOXIE OWNERS: PARTICIPATE IN SUTTER CREEK’S PARADE OF LIGHTS - Hi all you Doxie owners, we will be participating at the Parade of Lights again this year in Sutter Creek.  We will be meeting at 6 PM just outside the rear of the Post Office on the street.  I will request we go early so the dogs won't have to wait long. You can dress up your little Doxies and be sure to have lights on them. Any questions give me a call. Debbie Baker 209 351-0011
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Meet Locals on TSPN's Amador Live! sharing Who's Doing What and What's Going On in Amador County. Simply Click and Watch!  It's where you live.
For all TSPN programming go to www.youtube.com/tspntv
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Newsletters
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TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at: www.tspntv.com
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CA CITY NEWS: CaliforniaCityNews.org
CA COUNTY NEWS: CaliforniaCountyNews.org
CA GOVERNMENT NEWS: News.CA.gov
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AMADOR POLITICAL DISCUSSION GROUP on Facebook! Have something to say? Join today!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/amadorpolitics/
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Do you have a newsworthy item for any of our departments?
Email your releases or news briefs to: newsroom@newsamador.com
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Community Calendar
E-mail your announcements for our calendar to: carol@newsamador.com

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November 24-30

KOLO DANCE LESSONS 1-2-3 kick! You can do it! Join choreographer Marija for Kolo Dance Lessons at St. Sava's Church Hall (upstairs) every WEDNESDAY evening from 7-8PM. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email maryzellem@gmail.com.

KARAOKE IS BACK! The Jackson Rancheria is bringing back their popular Karaoke Series every Wednesday night through December 10. Contestants will be able to compete to win cash prizes and a chance to face off in the Karaoke Finale on December 17, 2014!
All entries will be placed in a drawing drum and the Karaoke Host will choose participants at random. Contestants will be judged on Vocal Ability, Entertainment Value and Audience Response by our panel of three judges. After all of the contestants have performed, the judges will tally the scores and the Karaoke Host will announce the winner on stage. The first place weekly winner will receive $300, the second place winner will receive $200 and the third place winner will receive $100.Weekly winners who accept the invitation to sing in the Karaoke Finale will be battling it out for their share of $6,000! The top 10 finalists will be awarded! First place winner takes home $2,000, second place wins $1,500 and third place wins $1,000!
Doors open at 6 p.m. for all events. Contestants must be registered and have their song selection turned in by 6:45 p.m. to be eligible to compete. The contests begin at 7 p.m.
All ages are welcome to attend, but only 18 years or older to participate. No host bar and food available. For more information, visit: http://www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

HAVE A CHRISTMAS SONG IN YOUR HEART? JOIN THE TRINITY SINGERS AT CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS IN JACKSON on Friday, November 28 during Jackson’s annual Christmas Delights. Bring your instruments...guitar, banjos, flutes, percussion toys, etc.) and join us in the songs of the Season! We will be in the parking lot between Sue's Shoppe and the JBCA.

WEEKEND ART DEMOS BY KAREN CRANE ADDED TO NOVEMBER EXHIBIT AT AMADORARTS GALLERY - AmadorArts has added two free Thanksgiving weekend artist demos to accompany the exhibit in its gallery during the month of November.  Jewelry maker Karen Crane will be in the AmadorArts Gallery Saturday and Sunday November 29 and 30th from 1-4 pm. She will be demonstrating how she makes her trademark “wired nests” that find their way onto Christmas trees and centerpieces. Crane looks forward to talking with patrons about her work.
The current show and sale at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek is titled “Affordable Gifts.”  Here are November’s featured artists and their work: Laureen Shimmon, hand painted silk scarves; Janet Piccola, pottery; Karen Crane, jewelry; Penny West, fuzzy head wreaths; Dianne Epperson, mosaic vases; Lora Lee Rose, feather art; Bruce Peccianti, notecards, collage and doodle art; Sharon Galligan, Julie Trail, Lynn Slade, watercolor paintings; Howard Rees, oil paintings; Curtis Stromme, abstract acrylics; and Leslie and David Schupp, photography.
The next show opens December 5th and is called “Holiday Adornments” featuring jewelry artists, ornaments, and live holiday wreaths.
The AmadorArts Gallery is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, except Wednesdays. It’s adjacent to the historic Monteverde Store Museum and well worth the short walk off Main St. to see the monthly shows each featuring unique local artists. Visit www.amadorarts.org or call 209-267-9038 for information.
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December 1-7

VETERANS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE - Mon Dec 1 from 11am to 6pm at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Please come and save a life for the holidays!

MOTHER LODE NEWCOMERS & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON & TOY DRIVE - Mother Lode Newcomers and Friends are having their annual Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Jackson Rancheria.  This is also our, "Toy Drive," donations are needed and will go to the Amador Sheriff's office.  Please bring a unwrapped gift for the child or teenager.  
Doors open at 10:30 and the cost is $30.00 per person, spouses or guests are welcome to join us.  Reservations are needed before November 25th. Call Linda Daubeneck at 209-296-1547 or Joan Silva  209-223-2845. If you are new to the area, MLNF is an excellent way to meet people and learn your way around.  If you are a long-time resident you are more than welcome to join us.  We are a non-profit club giving back to the community in many ways. For membership information, call Nancy Frary at 209-295-3820

THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on December 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. Our Special Guest will be Supervisor-Elect Lynn Morgan. And following, a discussion, at the end of our tenth year,of where we've been and where we want to go. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at trestrail@gotsky.com or 209-267-0177 no later than Tuesday, December 2nd (sooner if possible). The buffet luncheon is $15.00 which includes an entree, salad, vegetarian offering various drinks, coffee, tea, dessert, tax and tip. Pay at the door - cash (the exact amount is appreciated) or personal check only.

SUTTER CREEK CUB SCOUT PACK 63 will be selling Christmas Trees at the Sutter Creek Open House Dec 5th & 6th - Friday 4-8 and Sat 10-8. All trees will be $25.00.

SUTTER CREEK’S CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & LOS POSADAS - Find the spirit of Christmas in a beautiful Gold Rush town. Wonderfully lighted, historic Sutter Creek invites everyone to come to town for the 38th Annual “Old Fashioned Christmas Open House” on December 5th & 6th.
On Friday evening, December 5th at 6pm, Santa and Mrs.Claus come down Main Street in their sleigh to light the Community Tree and begin the festivities. Father Christmas and Charles Dickens characters stroll Main Street and music will fill the air. The downtown Merchants will keep their doors open late with refreshments and goodies for all. There will be many activities for the children, including arts and crafts and photos with Santa.
Join us on Saturday December 6th for more fun on Main Street during the daytime and in the evening, at 6 pm, is the beautiful “Las Posadas Candlelight Walk” along historic Spanish Street & Main Street. Join Joseph & Mary along their trek to Bethlehem singing carols and holding candles. Take a step back in time with free carriage rides on Saturday Dec 6th, Dec 13th and Dec 20th, weather permitting. These free events will spark the Christmas Spirit in everyone! For more information call (209) 267-1344 or visit us at www.suttercreek.org.

HOSPICE ANNUAL TREE OF LIGHTS - Two Locations for the Hospice Annual Tree of Lights! Come celebrate the joy of remembrance Hospice of Amador &Calaveras invites you and your family to join us in celebrating your loved ones during the holiday season.Our Calaveras event will take place on Saturday, December 6, at 5:00 pm at our Angels Camp Thrift Store, 570 N. Main St., Angels Camp. The Amador County event will take place on Sunday, December 7, at 5:00 pm at the Hospice Thrift Store, 10776 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Festivities for each location will include music, a candle lighting celebration, reading of names, tree lighting, and refreshments. A $10.00 donation can be made for each of your loved ones and a light will be lit in their honor. The names will be displayed at each store throughout the month of December. For additional information or to pick up a form please go by the Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Thrift Stores in either Jackson or Angels Camp, call the Hospice office at 209-223-5500 or 736-9442. You may also visit us online at www.hospiceofamador.org or find us on Facebook.


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December 8-14

THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) will hold its affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, December 9th in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. From 6:15 to 7:45 pm we hold confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses. Please note: this date and time is a change from the usual meeting schedule because of the holidays. For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.

RETIREMENT PARTY FOR NATALIE DOYLE - After 21 years of service as City Clerk to the City of Sutter Creek, Natalie Doyle is celebrating her retirement. Please join us for a No Host Bar Cocktail Reception on Thursday December 11th from 4-7PM at Hotel Sutter, 53 Main St., Sutter Creek. $20 per person or $30 per couple. Please RSVP to 209-267-5647 ext 244 by Dec 1st.

13th ANNUAL CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL - Friday, December 12 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, Jackson. Come to First 5 Amador's 13th Annual Children's Holiday Festival, and experience winter festivals around the world! Activities, music, snacks, Santa Claus, holiday entertainment, community resources, and more! Bring the whole family to this FREE event! For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092, or visit www.first5amador.com

THE IONE RED RIBBON CHOIR HOLIDAY SHOW Ione Red Ribbon Choir holiday show is Friday, December 12 at 7:00 pm and again Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 pm at Ione Elementary School Multipurpose room. Our show is called "Dear Santa" a sweet show about what children may think of Santa, the magic and joy he brings and shares. Made up of mostly original holiday music and a few classics. We only have 21 Amador County students this session but what a strong and talented group of students. Students range from 1st grade to 11th grade. Directed by Cindy Harris.
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December 15+


ACRA BINGO - Tuesday, December 16 at the American Legion Hall.
6:15  Early Bird Bingo
6:30 Regular BINGO
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $200! Beer, Wine, and Sodas are available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs…another chance to win! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. Call ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.

“A TAPESTRY OF WONDER” HOLIDAY CONCERT - Sun Dec 21 at 2pm at Sophia’s Well of Wisdom, 270A Hanford Street, Sutter Cree, CA. A Holiday Concert with Shari Anderson flute & vocals, Gordon Rowland guitar, Elisabeth Breegle vocals. Weaving together classical & folk music with traditional carols in an inter-spiritual celebration of this beautiful and wondrous season. Admission free Donations appreciated. For more information, call 209-418-9003

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Save the date! Feb 7th is the next Mardi Gras Party and Cajun Cook-Off! Now is the perfect time to get your costume. They are all on sale because Halloween is over. Costumes make this event so much more fun...for you and everyone else attending. The event is a fundraiser that 100% of the proceeds go to the restoration of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School. Your participation in this event will help that cause and you will have a ton of fun at the same time! Save the date, get your costume, and join us for a fun evening on Feb 7th!

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Meetings:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
Amador County Final Adopted Budget 2014-2015
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
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
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6 PM.
SUTTER CREEK PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Mon at 7 PM.
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6 PM
AMADOR COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on Thursdays at 9 AM
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Oral History Meetings - Next meeting is Dec 1
Court halts construction of Pine Grove Dollar General project

NOTE:  On November 10, 2014, the Board of Supervisors approved an extended public comment period and scheduled an additional joint meeting for public comment. Comment period extended to Friday, January 30, 2015

OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PMSutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.

Classes, Workshops & Seminars:
Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) - Classes, programs, camps, sports, and more!
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GOT SPANISH? Winter classes will begin next month and Nora Coryell, M.A., is taking reservations for individuals, and small groups who want to begin learning, or improve their Spanish now. Classes are inexpensive, on all levels as well as medical Spanish on two levels, and take place in various locations, generally once a week. For further information contact smokesignals@volcano.net or call 223-3322.

LANGUAGEMEISTER - Translations and private tutoring in French, German and Spanish
Genealogy research for clients searching for German ancestors. Member: Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS). Contact information: Elke Duffy 209-296-5302, Email: elkeduffy@gmail.com www.languagemeister.com

ARE YOU A LOCAL ARTIST? Join the Amador County Artists Association, to share, network, and support local artists. The ACAA meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Amador Senior Center. Our meetings are open to the public, so come and join us! For more information, visit: AmadorArtists.orgFor more information, visit: AmadorArtists.org

GENTLE YOGA CLASSES - Team Fitness in Pine Grove is proud to announce the start of a Beginning Hatha Yoga Program with classes offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes will run approximately 40 minutes and will probably cost $4 with a purchase of a 10 class pass, ($5 drop-in) or can be included as part of your monthly membership if you come regularly to Team Fitness. We are taking suggestions on times you would like to see these classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - please send an email with your interest in the gentle yoga classes and times you are interested in, and we will contact you before the program starts. Contact: Cherie Maitland coach@jacksonteamfitness.com

CHINA PAINTING WITH MARGARET ANWAY – Margaret Anway has decades of experience painting, as well as teaching china and glass painting. She has been published in “The China Decorator” magazine, and is happy teaching beginning artists as well as professional, and is flexible to your needs.
Classes are Tues mornings, 9-12 noon at Margaret Anway’s home, 26601 High Tree Ave, Pioneer. $7 per class. Call 295-8836 to schedule your first class or if you have any questions regarding the class.
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Events & Activities:
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! - AmadorMusicHub.com
Amador Vintner's Association - AmadorWine.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort - Events 2014
Main Street Theater Works - MSTW.org
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Sutter Creek Theater - SutterCreekTheater.com
Volcano Theatre Company - volcanotheatre.org

More announcements...
Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School Renovation begins, seeks funding to complete tasks before Winter
International Organization "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" seeks volunteer photographers
Amador County Grand Jury Report 2013-2014

“FINDING THE MOTHER LODE” - Movie by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien. Features the unique migration of the Italians to Amador County and the West Coast.Italian Immigrants in Amador County and the West Coast. Available for purchase now! This movie is slated to be shown on PBS sometime in the future. Featuring Amador historians Carolyn Fregulia, Doug Ketron and John Leggett. Unabridged copy: $25 total at the ACRA office. On Amazon: $28.95 plus tx. And handling. Great gift idea! For more information call 223-6349.

OFFICE SPACE: 2nd Story Office Space Available Immediately
1500 So. State Hwy 49, Jackson. Approximately 750 square feet, $800 per month, includes water. Call Carol at Hospice for more information, 209-223-5500

"ARTFUL GIVING & NIFTY GIFTIES” at Little City Studio & Gallery, through Dec 22. A great collection of affordable handmade works of art for your Holiday shopping. You'll get first choice of the wonderful selection of paintings, prints, collage, quilted pieces, jewelry, scarves, hats, wearables, pottery, turned wood, photos, cards - everything that Little City has become known for: "Beautiful handmade things at very reasonable prices".
Regular hours are 10-5 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please come visit us! Little City Studio & Gallery is located in the very center of Amador City, right across from Buffalo Chips. For info, call Carol at 267-9189.

LGBT - Let’s Discover Our Purpose Together, Peace, Understanding, Love & Life. We’ll PULL together! We will discuss issues that have shaped our past, present and future. Exploring avenues for renewed growth and peace will be an integral part of our time together. Class sponsored by Resources for Humanity, a non-profit 501c3. Those interested should contact Duke at 916-425-6393.

UPDATED PHONE NUMBERS for Upcountry Community, Ione Family Resource, & Camanche Lake Community Centers:
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

DOCENTS NEEDED for Monteverde Museum. Presently, the museum is only opened two days out of each month.  When the museum is opened we usually have 20 plus visitors a day.  Local folks, visitors, in state and out of state are always happy to be able to go inside the store and experience the feeling of days gone by.  Many will say it is like stepping back in time.  Many will also say, they have been through Sutter Creek before and to their dismay the store has been closed.
  It would be beneficial for Sutter Creek if the museum would be opened more often.  Unfortunately, we have a shortage of docents.  Presently, we have only 4 active docents to open the museum. We really need people to volunteer to just have the doors open to the public. If you know of anyone who has free time to do possibly one day a month, or even a few hours one day a month, please let us know.
  Still reaching out for other ideas to encourage folks to volunteer time. If you have any ideas please forward to me at rkf48@aol.comds

AMADOR SENIOR VISITORS PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Join a great group of people working in the community to help our Senior Citizens live safer, healthier lives. Please call Eileen at 223-0442 for information about how you can help!

DO YOU HAVE STACKS OF NEWSPAPERS laying around your house, waiting to be recycled? Then please bring them on down to the Busi Parking lot in Jackson behind Mel's. The Boy Scout Troops of Amador County are collecting your newspaper donations and accept on an on-going basis. The large cargo container sits at the very back of the parking lot. There should be pallets next to the dumpster, where everyone can leave their stacks. Anyone can drop off their newspapers 7 days a week, day or night. We ask that you only donate actual newspapers, no glossy advertising, magazines or books. All proceeds directly benefit the various Troops in Amador County. It's a Win-Win for everyone, Scouts, you and the environment! For more information, contact Jenny Fritz at artsychickenfarm@gmail.com

UNIQUE JAPANESE GARMENTS FOR SALE - Short and long "haori" – (Japanese Kimonos) exquisitely wearable, lined tops for all occasions--over jeans, over long skirts. These are antiques from Japan, in excellent condition. "I have worn them in public where they always evoke curiosity and interest," says Ruth Gottstein. Price: $50 to $75. Email or phone to set up a time to come to Volcano and view the collection, adam@volcanopress.com or 209 296.7989


GIVE THE GIFT OF RELAXATION! MASSAGE SPECIALS! Receive a deep tissue and relaxing massage and enjoy the benefits: (Per MayoClinic.org). Reduce stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches & insomnia related to stress
45 minutes including: back, neck, arms, hands and feet on massage table to allow deeper work. (20-minute seated massage is still available for $20)
Call Cherie Maitland at Team Fitness to set up your relaxing massage!
Morn, afternoon and evening available. 209-296-2348
Purchase at discount thru December - Can redeem anytime - great for gifts!
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