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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

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News & Announcements:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
CAL-FIRE Current Fire Information
Foothill Conservancy hosting conservation benefit raft trip September 21 on the American River
Volunteers sought for the Senior Visitors program
Amador County 4-H Open Enrollment Going on Now!
“Days of 49” Covered Wagon Train Coming To Amador County - Sept 25-28
Expect traffic at "Wagon Train" speed on Highway 49 Friday Sept 26
Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) to hold conference on Indian Gaming - Sat Sept 27
Unique musical Organ Rally comes to Jackson's Main Street - Sept 27 & 28
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Amador Upcountry Rotary "Drive-In On The Green" Car Show - Fri Oct 3
Mental Health Awareness Week: Stroll to STOP Stigma - Sun Oct 5
Interfaith Food Bank "Empty Bowls" Dinner - Sun Oct 5
Golden Threads Quilt Show - Oct 4 & 5
Free NAMI Family to Family class begins on October 8 in Jackson
"The Trailerettes" Open House Trailer Tour to benefit Operation Care - Sat Oct 11
8th Annual Great Sutter Creek Chili Cook-Off and Car Show - Sun Oct 12
Sutter Creek Lions Club offers Scholarships for Upper Division college students - Deadline to apply is Nov 1
"Save Water, Drink Wine" - AmadorArts' "Winefest" in Sutter Creek - Sat Nov 8

SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! AmadorMusicHub.com

See the Community Calendar and flyers/posters below for even more events and activities going on in Amador County, California!
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THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The Speakers for October will be Superior Court Judges Susan C. Harlan and J.S. Hermanson who preside over the Amador Drug Court and Laura Staley, a current participant in this important program.They will be discussing the need, purpose and goals of this unique, restorative type of court and how you may be able to help. This is an OPEN MEETING and All Interested Persons are Welcome to Attend.
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at trestrail@gotsky.com or 209-267-0177no later than Tuesday, September 30  (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. NOTE, and this is important:If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call Sally at 209-267-0177 to cancel by Wednesday, October 1st at noon. If you do not show up and have not cancelled you may be billed for the luncheon.

VICTORY VILLAGE AMADOR is in need of donations for our last yard sale of the year (last weekend in September). We pick up and donations are also tax deductible. Please contact us at 223-2286 if you are interested in donating! All proceeds will go to completing the kitchen/dining room remodel for the vets living at VV in Jackson. Thank you for supporting veterans!

AREA 12 AGENCY ON AGING NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY. The Area 12 Agency on Aging - serving Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties - is conducting a Needs Assessment Survey. Deadline to submit survey is Friday Oct 31. Mailing instructions are at the end of the survey.
For more information, visit: www.area12.org

SUTTER CREEK THEATER PRESENTS:
For more information and tickets, visit: SutterCreekTheater.com

JACKSON RANCHERIA PRESENTS:
Sept 23 - Heart
Oct 11 - GKO2
Oct 19 - Sierra Harvest Brew Fest
Oct 30 - Josh Turner
Dec 11 - The Robert Cray Band
For more information and tickets, visit: http://www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

FIRST 5 AMADOR FACEBOOK CONTEST - To celebrate and promote September as National Literacy Month, First 5 Amador has just launched a special contest on their Facebook page, for one Amador County family to win a set of "Imagination Library" wooden book-ends! To enter the contest, families simply need to post a picture of their child reading a book, or being read to by an adult, on First 5 Amador’s Facebook page. The contest began on September 3, and will end on September 30. To enter the book-end contest, visit First 5 Amador's Facebook page, at www.Facebook.com/first5amador . Happy reading!

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Support the Cause! The Jackson Fire Department is again supporting the Amador STARS to help support our friends on their cancer journey.
Let's spread the word and help them to pass last years sales! Order your tee shirt today to wear in October, supporting both our firefighters and the cause! Visit: www.booster.com/jfd2014

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE in the Nov 4th General Election is October 20! 
Here are the offices/candidates: http://www.amadorgov.org/government/elections
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Cullen Russi
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SEPT 2014

WEEK OF SEPT 15-21

AMADOR FARMERS MARKETS - The market schedules are: Jackson, Sundays, 9:00am-12:30; Pine Grove, Wednesdays, 3:00-6;00pm, Sutter Creek, Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00. Plymouth, August and September only, 4:00-7:00pm, downtown park. Visit: www.amadorfarmersmarket.com

AVAST, MATEYS! Ye had better be sharpening up the ol tongue, because International Talk Like a Pirate Day is THIS very Friday, September 19th! http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

TWO SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPT AT AMADOR COUNTY AIRPORT - On September 19th & 20th, the Annual West Coast Swift National Fly-in will be back at Westover Field, and the Annual Wings & Wheels at Westover will be held Saturday September 27th.  The Experimental Aircraft Association provides free flights for kids 7 to 17 years of age with parental permission during the “Wings and Wheels” event.  The event is from 9 am to 3 pm and features displays by Cal Fire, CHP, Cal STAR, along with airplanes, helicopters and hot rods.  For more information, contact the Amador County Airport. http://www.co.amador.ca.us/departments/airport

COMMUNITY YARD SALE - Sat Sept 20 from 9AM-5PM (no early birds, please!) at the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School, Fullen and Randolph Street, Sutter Creek. All proceeds go to the Historic Grammar School’s new stairs! The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation (SCCBF) will be holding the yard sale  inside the historic Sutter Creek Grammar School AND the parking lot.
More donations of “Sellable Stuff” are needed. (No Clothing Please) You can drop off donations at the historic Grammar School on Saturday Sept 6th and Saturday Sept 13th between the hours of 10am -2pm. All donations are tax deductible! For more info on this worthy fundraiser, visit our Historic Preservation department, AmadorHistory.com at:
http://amadorhistory.blogspot.com/2014/08/historic-sutter-creek-grammar-school.html

ANNUAL MOKE RIVER CLEAN-UP - The Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join them for the 2014 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, September 20, 8:30 am until noon. There are two sites for this year’s cleanup: Electra and Big Bar, by Electra Road, and the Highway 26 North Fork Mokelumne crossing. A special prize will be awarded for the “weirdest” trash, and all volunteers will receive thank-you goodies. All participants must register in advance online at www.foothillconservancy.org, or by calling Carolyn Schooley at (209)223-3508.

MOTHER LODE RAGTIME SOCIETY - The next meeting of the Mother Lode Ragtime Society is scheduled for Saturday, September 20 from 7-9PM at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium. Tom Brier and Julia Riley will be on hand to provide lots of toe-tapping music; We're hoping that Elliott Adams and Kylan deGhetaldi might show up as well. As always, all who would like to play are welcome.  
Some other events you won't want to miss:
(1) Brian Holland and Danny Coots in concert on Sunday, September 21, 2 p.m. at Skunk Hollow Victorian Garden in Sutter Creek. $20 advance; $25 at the door.  All proceeds go to the musicians.  For info and/or reservations, call 209.267-8193.
(2) Brian Holland and Danny Coots in concert on Friday, September 26, 7 p.m. at the Hawthorn Residence in Roseville.  $20 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians.  For info and/or reservations, call 916.773.3562 or email tom@thoseoldrecords.com
The Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival earlier this month was great!  If you missed it, or if you're ready to do it all again, it's not too early to start planning for next year. Dates are August 14-16. Watch the website, www.suttercreekragtime.com for information as it becomes available.

AMADOR COUNTY DACHSHUNDS will be participating in the Wiener Dog races during the Oktoberfest September 20, begin at 12:30 PM at the Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek.  If you would like me to contact you with the information, please email me at USDBS@aol.com, Debbie Baker 209 351-0011


MOTHERLODE SHRINE CLUB SHRIMP FEED - Motherlode Shrine Club is having their annual shrimp feed Saturday September 20th at the Native Sons Hall in Sutter Creek and still have tickets available. Oasis is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Ticket price is $30.00 per person.  If anyone is interested, call Art Long at 257-1003.

DOWNTOWN WINE EVENT IN AMADOR CITY - California’s Smallest Incorporated Town delivers an authentic Wine and Cheese Tasting on Old Highway 49. Sixteen wineries enliven the streets of Amador City on Saturday. September 20th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Over 15 wineries will pour their award winning wines on Old Highway 49.  Guests will drink fine Amador wines to the backdrop of a charming old western town. Fine cheeses and artisan breads will be provided by to complement Barberas,  Zinfandels and a myriad of varieties of wine.
Herb Boxhorn will play the event. Boxhorn, guitarist and vocalist, brings his own unique styles combining his background of folk, blues, finger-picking, Jazz and Latin into an eclectic mix. Enriching the sounds of this duo is saxophonist, Klaudia Promessi. Klaudia has toured and performed in Bay Area bands playing Latin Jazz, R and B, Soul and original music
 30 year old Buffalo Chips Restaurant offers killer gourmet burgers made from Swingles Beef and served on Andrae’s Ciabatta.  Revelers will pair Amador Barbera with homestyle burgers for an authentic Amador experience.  The Imperial Hotel serves dinner and provides seating on their magical back patio.  The century old hotel has a full bar and hotel rooms overlooking the town.
Winemaker, Tony Feist will entertain with Americana tunes at Feist Wines in the center of Amador City.  The tasting room is housed in a 150 year old saloon.
This tasting provides a tremendous sampling of  Amador County  wines and will include:  Feist Wines, Bella Grace Vineyards, Driven Cellars, Story, Drytown Cellars, Terra d' Oro, Borjon Winery, Bray Vineyards, Cooper Vineyards, Robert Morse Wines, and nearby Wine Tree Farm.
Tickets available at the door, $25
Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass. www.amador-city.com.  For more info, call 209-267-0570.

SUTTER CREEK THEATER PRESENTS:
For more information and tickets, visit: SutterCreekTheater.com

JACKSON RANCHERIA PRESENTS:
Sept 23 - Heart
Oct 11 - GKO2
Oct 19 - Sierra Harvest Brew Fest
Oct 30 - Josh Turner
Dec 11 - The Robert Cray Band
For more information and tickets, visit: http://www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule
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WEEK OF SEPT 22-28

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 Tuesday evening from 7-8PM. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email maryzellem@gmail.com. 

THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) - The Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, September 23rd 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 call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.

AAUW: “FARM TO FORK: LIVING THE FRESH LIFE, LOCALLY” - Amador Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be starting its “Fall kick-off” on Wednesday September 24th at 5:30 PM. Location will be Drytown Cellars, 16030 State Hwy. 49 in Dry Town. The theme will be learning about the “Farm to Fork” approach to nutrition and “Living the Fresh Life locally”. This is an up and coming new movement and the program will feature speakers already providing such services in our area. Presenters will have tables with examples of their products for viewing and demonstration purposes. Presenters will include Tracey Berkner from Union Inn and Taste restaurant, Alice Kaiser from Mother Lode Harvest, Beth Sogaard from Beth Sogaard’s Catering, Mary Pulskamp from Rose Bud Café and Vicki Bray manager of Amador County Farmer’s Market. AAUW branch members and prospective new members are invited to attend the program which will also include information about AAUW’s upcoming season events. A two year college degree or higher is the criteria for membership in AAUW. For more program information and/or to make reservations which are due by Monday, September 15th, contact Sandi Baracco at 209 267-0254 or BaraccoArchitect@comcast.net  For more information on AAUW membership criteria, contact Susan Staggs at 209-296-0940, or visit www.aauwamador.org

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: NOURISHING YOUR SOIL: COMPOSTING, VERMICULTURE, COVER COPS & LASAGNA GARDENING - On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9AM to noon, the Amador Master Gardeners will host a free class about nourishing your soil. Come and learn about the all-important plant medium: SOIL. This class will discuss types of soil, what we find in the foothills, and how it affects everything that is grown. Soil amendments through composting, vermiculture, mulches, cover crops and lasagna gardening that enrich your garden will be discussed, when you need what and how much to save money, garden responsibly, and have the best results ever!
This class will be held at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road Jackson/Martell. If you have any questions call the Master Gardeners from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday at 223-6838 or e-mail mgamador@ucdavis.edu.

DAYS OF 49: AMADOR COUNTY'S CENTENNIAL DIAMOND JUBILEE - An authentic wagon train of twenty horse-drawn wagons will pull into Jackson, CA on Saturday, Sept. 27 after a three-day journey through Amador County, celebrating the county’s 160th anniversary. On Sunday, Sept. 28, bring the whole family to Main Street, Jackson for a Wagon Train Parade, then enjoy music, gunfights, free carriage rides, Gold Rush-era activities and much more free family fun on Main Street in Jackson. For information: Lucy Hackett, Jackson Business & Community Assoc. 209-223-4603.

TRI-AMADOR LAKE CAMANCHE TRIATHLON - Sprint and Olympic! Sunday, Sept 28. Swim the Waters of Lake Camanche, bike a loop through the beautiful hills of Buena Vista, and Run an out-and-back on the lake-view China Gulch Trail.  Awards presented to top finishers and age groups. All participants will receive a t-shirt & swim cap. Shirts guaranteed for registrations prior to Sept. 6
Sprint Individual - $70
Sprint Relay: $95
Olympic Individual-$85
Olympic Relay -$125
Race starts at 7:30 am. Check in begins at 6:30AM. Register online at Active.com, or Amador County Recreation Agency at 209-223-6349 http://goacra.org/programs.html#triathlon

MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC PRESENTS “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA” - Sun Sept 28 at 6PM at the historic Imperial Hotel in Amador City. An exceptional evening of song, food and wine! Arias, duos and trios from opera and musical theatre by three nationally acclaimed opera stars, accompanied by a gourmet dinner at the Imperial Hotel. Nationally prominent opera stars, soprano Sandra and tenor Chris Bengochea and baritone Joseph Wiggett, sing favorite opera and musical theatre selections—plus a few surprises—with Ron Brickman at the piano. Guests are invited to enjoy an aperitif in the hotel’s courtyard starting at 6 pm then take their place at tables in the hotel’s dining room at approximately 6:45. The performers will perform three sets of vocal selections, each lasting about 20 minutes: one before the salad course, one before the main course, and one before dessert. An “anything goes” of encores may be expected to end the evening!
Wine is complimentary, offered by the Mother Lode Friends of Music, as available, or guests may purchase from the hotel’s wine list or full bar. Price of admission per person: $45
A limited number of rooms at the hotel are available for overnight booking. Please call the hotel at (209) 267-9172 or go to the hotel’s web site: www.imperialamador.com.
Ticket information: Advance purchase of tickets is required. Seating is limited and reservations requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. You may send in a check made out to MLFM for the number of tickets desired with the form below ℅ MLFM, PO Box 1362, Jackson, CA 95642. Please indicate your choice of entrée. For more information call Ron at (209) 293-4227 or email brickman@volcano.net
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THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The Speakers for October will be Superior Court Judges Susan C. Harlan and J.S. Hermanson who preside over the Amador Drug Court and Laura Staley, a current participant in this important program.They will be discussing the need, purpose and goals of this unique, restorative type of court and how you may be able to help. This is an OPEN MEETING and All Interested Persons are Welcome to Attend.
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at trestrail@gotsky.com or 209-267-0177no later than Tuesday, September 30  (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. NOTE, and this is important:If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call Sally at 209-267-0177 to cancel by Wednesday, October 1st at noon. If you do not show up and have not cancelled you may be billed for the luncheon.

CELEBRATE PINE GROVE: “BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER” - Friday, October 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.at Pine Grove Town Hall and Pine Grove Park. The Pine Grove Civic Improvement Club invites you to celebrate the township of Pine Grove. Come and see: Local Businesses • Pine Grove Market • Ridge Road Nursery • Blue Moon Cafe• Mother Lode Newcomers and Friends Club • Pine Grove Elementary Choir • Pine Grove Elementary Robotics Club • Sheriff Martin Ryan • Smoky the Bear • Cal Fire • Amador Fire Protection District • prizes • and more! Hot dogs courtesy of Volcano Vision • Cotton Candy by PGCIC. Parking available courtesy Volcano Vision. Use parking lot behind park.

THE BIG CRUSH - For over twenty years, Amador County wineries have opened their cellar doors and tasting rooms to bring the harvest to you! The Big Crush once again rolls out with 41 wineries presenting a rare breadth of hospitality on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 4th & 5th!
Two days of bountiful cuisine and world-class wines, along with sounds of acoustic to rock & roll music wafting from every crush pad in the county! Most exciting are the harvest activities--personal vineyard tours, blending seminars, grape stomps, and more...
Please join us in celebrating Amador's grape harvest 2014!
For further details on this exciting event, and to purchase tickets, visit us at: www.AmadorWine.com/BigCrush

AAUW LIBATIONS & CONVERSATIONS: AAUW’s Libations & Conversations group will meet Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Amador 360 (a wine-tasting room) located at 18590 State Hwy. 49 in Plymouth.  The topic of conversation is “Sustaining Life-Long Learning in a Rural Environment.”  Karen Dickerson, of Amador Community College Foundation, will be our guest and will speak briefly about educational opportunities locally.   AAUW members, prospective members and interested women are invited to join us for lively conversation over no-host drinks.  You will be warmly welcomed and it’s a great way to meet new friends in a fun, casual environment.  No need to RSVP . . . just drop in!
AAUW, a national organization, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  Membership is open to all graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  For more information, contact Susan at 296-0940 or visit www.aauwamador.org.

8th ANNUAL GREAT SUTTER CREEK CHILI COOK-OFF & CAR SHOW - Sunday, October 12th  from 11 am until 3 pm. Free Car Show, Chili Tasting is $6 Adults and $4 Children. Chili, Salsa, Music, and Venders, makes this one of Sutter Creek's Hottest Events! For information visit www.suttercreek.org

SUKKOT CELEBRATION - The Mother Lode Jewish Community will hold a Sukkot Celebration on Sunday, October 12th. It will take place in a private home in the Bar XX development, which is west of Angel’s Camp.  The event will begin at noon with a potluck lunch around 1 pm.  For more information or to learn about future activities, please email us at: motherlodejc@yahoo.com or call 209-533-1650. The MLJC’s mission is to provide opportunities and events that nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community in the Mother Lode, drawing its members from Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.  New members are most welcome.

“COPS & KIDS” CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT - Fri Oct 17 at Castle Oaks Golf Course in Ione. Registration is at 7AM, Shot Gun start at 8AM. 2-person teams, $100 per person. Includes cart rental and meal after the events. For more info, or to be a sponsor, call 743-1013 or 304-8641. Brought to you by the Sutter Creek Police Officer’s Association, Ione Police Officer’s Association, and the Cops & Kids Foundation. Proceeds are disbursed by each individual organization to benefit their respective communities. For more information about Cops & Kids, visit: http://www.copsandkidsfoundation.org/

FACL FALL BOOK SALE - The Friends of the Amador County Library will hold their Fall Book Sale October 17 thru 19 at the American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Rd., Sutter Creek on Hwy. 49 across from the Italian Picnic Grounds. Thousands of books, audio books, DVDs and CDs in every category will be sold at bargain prices.
Friday, Oct. 17 4 pm – 7 pm (Member only night ­join at the door)
Saturday, Oct 18 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Oct 19 11 am – 3 pm (all items half price)
Proceeds from the sale benefit the Amador County Library.
For more information call 209-223­-3390.

AMADOR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: TELESCOPE WORKSHOP AND BASIC ASTRONOMY - Sat Oct 18th at 6:30PM (followed by a “Star party”) at Mollie Joyce Park in Pioneer. There’s a comet near Mars and, an Eclipse in mid-October. Bring your own telescope or use one of ours. Instruction and help is available! Contact Richard Rymer for more information, 295-6651

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - Fri Oct 24 at 7PM the HUB (above Hein & Co.) in Jackson. Admission: only $5! “Antica…(hold your breath now)...Pation”!  For more information, visit: www.goacra.org


THE 15th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF CAROLS is a benefit concert for the local Food Bank is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 7 pm and Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm. This year the concert will be held at Grace Fellowship, 8040 South Highway 49, Jackson, CA. 95642.
For music and recordings, visit, www.icchoirs.org
The Amador choir will meet on Tuesday evenings, locations TBA. For complete information, contact John Leggett at mr.john@icchoirs.org, or call 209 560-6403, or Shirley at 209 267-9017.

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Meetings:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:
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.
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 8:30 AM
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 - Aug through Dec - AmadorHistory.com

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.

Holding a meeting in your community that you'd like Amador County to know about? Send us a quick announcement/brief, telling us what it is, date, time, location and a brief description of what the meeting is about. Email your briefs/agendas to: acneditor@gmail.com
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Classes, Workshops & Seminars:
Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) - Classes, programs, camps, sports, and more!
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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 Tuesday evening beginning June 24th. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email maryzellem@gmail.com

BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASSES START Mon Sept 15! You’re going to love square dancing! Beginning square dance classes start Monday, September 15 – and the first three classes are free! Couples, singles and families are all welcome to enjoy the fitness, fun, and friendship of square dancing with the Jackson Claim Jumpers. Modern square dancing will surprise you – dance to a wide variety of music, no dance experience or special clothing needed. Mondays, 6:30 pm at the Amador Senior Center. For more information visitwww.jacksonclaimjumpers.com or call Lucy Hackett at 223-4603.


DOCK DIVING CLASSES FOR DOGS!
"I never thought I would get into to this fun DOCK DIVING sport - and then I got a Lab and Amador County got a regulation size dock diving pool!
In preparation for our introduction to Dock Diving I started introducing my Lab at 9 months this Spring to a stream, then a pool with steps, then my pool with a ramp into and ladder out of it, and then the full size dock diving pool. At first he was hesitant - though I went slowly and now he is diving at about 11 feet from the 2 foot high dock. At one year of age he will be going to his first NADD competition this month!
I have now started working with 2 of my other dogs (my Border Collie loves it even more than herding - WOW!) as well as quite a few folks in private lessons. It is really fun and satisfying to build a dog's confidence step by step to try something new. At first Miles, my Border Collie who liked swimming in lakes, wouldn't even put his paw into my pool . . . and now he is flying into the big pool! Many dogs who are comfortable going into a lake to swim, need some guidance their first few times going into a pool.
I am also teaching small group classes up to 4 dogs at Gold Country Pet Resort in Ione.  My next series starts Sept 15 - my August series is FULL! :-)  For more info and a video and some other pics please visit: http://dog-b-good.com/DockDivingClasses.html"

GOT SPANISH? Fall 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

ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL: 6 ON 6 - Registration is between now and Sept 17. League Meeting is Wed Sept 17. First game is Sat Sept 20. Games are played on Saturdays at Jackson JHS at 12 noon. Cost: $350 per team. For more information, contact John at ACRA at 223-6349. Visit us online at goacra.org or facebook.com/goacra

MEN’S BASKETBALL LEAGUE: 6 ON 6 - First game is on Sun Oct 5. Manager’s Meeting is Wed Sept 24 at 6PM at the ACRA office. Games are played on Sunday nights at Amador High School. 10-week League. Cost TBA. Call John at ACRA to to sign up or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org. Visit us online at goacra.org or facebook.com/goacra

ADULT CO-ED SOCCER LEAGUE - Saturday afternoons beginning August 23 at the Jackson Jr. High Field. Cost: $400 for an 8 Week League. Questions or registration, visit: www.goacra.org, call 223-6349 or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org

ADULT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL - Begins Sept 14. Manager’s Meeting: Tues Sept 9 at 6PM at the ACRA office. Games are on Sunday nights at Argonaut HS. Cost: $400 per team. Adult Women’s Basketball. Call ACRA to sign up, or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org or visit online at goacra.org or facebook.com/goacra

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.

Holding a class, workshop or seminar? Send us a quick announcement/brief, telling us about it, give the date, time, location and a brief description of what the class is about. Email your briefs to: acneditor@gmail.com
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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
"War of the Worlds" diorama by Joseph W. Svec III displayed at Hein & Company Bookstore in Jackson
8th Annual Great Sutter Creek Chili Cook-Off and Car Show - Sun Oct 12
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SOPHIA’S WELL OF WISDOM - Meditation on Sundays at 10am and at 5pm; Wisdom Circle at 11am. October theme Harvesting Oneness: 9/7 In Everyday Life; 9/14 Through Head, Heart, & Hands; 9/21 Through Celebration; 9/28 Through Self-Care.  Autumn Equinox Celebration with Rev. Tracy Johnson 9/21 at10 am. Women Writers, Monday at 6pm; A Course in Miracles study group, Tuesdays at7pm. Sacred Dance class with Amel Tafsout begins 9/24 at 4pm. Wednesday Meditation classes 10am and 6pm; call 209-304-6174 to register for next class. The spiritual center is located at 270A Hanford Street, Sutter Creek. Visit www.sophiaswell.org or contact Rev. Patsy Walker Fine at 209-418-9003.  

SUTTER CREEK CHILI COOK-OFF & CAR SHOW- Sun Oct 12. Applications are on the web site at: www.suttercreek.org. For more info, contact Lisa Klosowski at 267-1344

DAYS OF 49: AMADOR COUNTY'S CENTENNIAL DIAMOND JUBILEE - An authentic wagon train of twenty horse-drawn wagons will pull into Jackson, CA on Saturday, Sept. 27 after a three-day journey through Amador County, celebrating the county’s 160th anniversary. On Sunday, Sept. 28, bring the whole family to Main Street, Jackson for a Wagon Train Parade, then enjoy music, gunfights, free carriage rides, Gold Rush-era activities and much more free family fun on Main Street in Jackson. For information: Lucy Hackett, Jackson Business & Community Assoc. 209-223-4603.

More announcements...
Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School Renovation begins, seeks funding to complete tasks before Winter
No Casino In Plymouth: Support requested

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

GET GREAT WORKOUTS and FREE SEATED MASSAGE AT TEAM FITNESS! Did you know that you can pay by the visit, or buy a pass of 10 workout visits and use whenever at Team Fitness in Pine Grove. Or if you choose to pay for a month there are no contracts!
Lots of great aerobic machines, 2 easy to use weight machines, hand weights, stretch bands, hula hoops, videos and dvd's to exercise by, and a variety of classes to choose from. Here is our schedule:  http://www.teamfitnessamador.com/classschedule.html. And we now have seated massage and full body massage available with Heather Strobel and seated massage with guided relaxation with Cherie Maitland. You can even get a FREE seated massage with Heather and Cherie if you try it by October 10th!  Team Fitness: A Comfortable Place to Get in Shape

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - It's getting close to that time again.  We are looking for a few good men and women (okay, maybe more than a few) to volunteer their time and talents for the upcoming Great Sutter Creek Chili Cook-Off and Car Show, October 12.  This is one of the major fundraisers this year for the Sutter Creek Business and Professional Association.
Just a little bit of your time will go a long way.
Thanks in advance for your support! Contact Linda, Creeky Cupboard 267-9314

AMADOR COUNTY DACHSHUNDS will be participating in the Wiener Dog races during the Oktoberfest September 20, begin at 12:30 PM at the Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek.  If you would like me to contact you with the information, please email me at USDBS@aol.com, Debbie Baker 209 351-0011

CASA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - She was only 11 years old and already thinking about how she could make sure her little sister would be taken care of. Their parents were no longer in the picture and probably would not be back in the community for quite a while. With no close relatives and new to the area, her support system was non-existent. Hurt and frightened for herself, she wondered who would ever be her friend and mentor.This case had a happy ending because of the work of the CASA volunteer assigned to their case.
he Court Appointed Special Advocate program provides trained volunteers to work with children just like her. They represent the stable, consistent friend, mentor, and advocate that is so critically important for children under the supervision of the Juvenile Court. With a CASA advocate children have that support which allows them to grow and thrive under difficult family circumstances. More volunteers are needed for this program and will be welcomed at our next training program planned for October. For more information please call John at 418-4845.

FIRST 5 AMADOR FACEBOOK CONTEST - To celebrate and promote September as National Literacy Month, First 5 Amador has just launched a special contest on their Facebook page, for one Amador County family to win a set of "Imagination Library" wooden book-ends! To enter the contest, families simply need to post a picture of their child reading a book, or being read to by an adult, on First 5 Amador’s Facebook page. The contest began on September 3, and will end on September 30. To enter the book-end contest, visit First 5 Amador's Facebook page, at www.Facebook.com/first5amador . Happy reading!

NOTICE: OPENINGS AT LOCKWOOD FPD - The Lockwood Fire Protection District has three open positions:
Board Director: One opening. This is a volunteer position and involves approximately 8 to 12 hours per month.  The Board manages the finances and overall operations of the fire department.  Applicant must reside within the district and be a registered voter.  The district boundaries can be found on our web site at http://www.lockwoodfire.org .  Application deadline is October 15, 2014.
Secretary to the Board of Directors: One opening. The Secretary transcribes minutes for all meetings held by the Board of Directors.  Some filing is required and a modest stipend is provided.  Applicant is not required to reside within the district. This position will remain open until filled.
Treasurer: One opening. This position requires knowledge of Quick Books, audit preparation, and managing the finances for the district. Applicant must be bonded or able to become bonded.  A modest stipend is provided. This position will remain open until filled.
If interested, please submit a resume with references to LFPD, P.O. Box 221, Volcano, CA 95689 or e-mail toinfo@lockwoodfire.org. If you have questions, please contact Jean-Paul Soares, President of the Board of Directors, at 209-296-7973.

MAKE A SCARECROW FOR JACKSON’S MAIN STREET AND WIN! Win holiday radio advertising on KVGC-1340AM / Hometown Radio! Show off your community spirit and make a scarecrow to complement your Jackson Business. Scarecrows created by Jackson businesses and students in ACRA's Hub after school program will be displayed on Jackson lampposts through October. The winning commercial scarecrow entry will win a KVGC Radio advertising spot to run between Oct. 15 and December 31, 2014, a $200 value. JBCA will also decorate lamp posts on Main Street with corn stalks. Scarecrows must be reasonably weather-proof and ready to hang up by October 1. No charge to enter the contest – just call or e-mail Lucy Hackett and we’ll reserve a lamppost for you! 209-223-4603 209-304-5780, email: johnhaedrich@sbcglobal.net

FUNDRAISING EFFORT: Samantha Willis passed away suddenly on August 21, 2014 at the age of 22. She was preceded in death by her husband this past April. The couple leaves behind three young children (ages 2, 4, and 6), who have now lost both of their parents within just a few months of each other. This fund has been set up to help cover costs associated with Samantha's funeral and to help provide for these children who were so tragically orphaned at such a young age. Any amount that you can donate - even if it's just a few dollars - would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
To donate, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/dfgr9o

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS Support the Cause! The Jackson Fire Department is again supporting the Amador STARS to help support our friends on their cancer journey.
Let's spread the word and help them to pass last years sales! Order your tee shirt today to wear in October, supporting both our firefighters and the cause! Visit: www.booster.com/jfd2014

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.com
Rosemary Fields

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!

LIBRARY HOURS: The Amador County Library Branches, Pine Grove and Pioneer are open at their regular hours which are:
- Pine Grove Tuesday and Wednesday from  noon to 5 pm.
- Pioneer Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 pm.
Any questions call the Main Branch at 209-223-6400.

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
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Have an event flyer/poster? Have them posted on ACN for just $5/month (yes, month) or $50/year (yes, year) for unlimited flyer postings! Email carol@newsamador.com for more information.