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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

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News & Announcements:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
More GOLD found at Andis Wines in the foothills of Amador County - Aug 2014 -AmadorFoodandWine.com
“The Golden State” shines in Jackson -  Main Street Theatre Works’ second Summer show is a hot and spicy comedy! - AmadorArts.com
Last call for Peak Innovation Conference Early Bird Registration - Available through Aug 15 -AmadorBusiness.com
CANCELLED: The August 12, 2014 Planning Commission meeting has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items. For more information, call 223-6380.
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OBITUARY NOTICES:
William Kohlman
Visit: AmadorMemorials.com
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Community Calendar
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JULY-AUGUST+ 2014

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

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


11th ANNUAL FIVE EZ PIECES GOLF TOURNAMENT - Friday, August 1 at Rancho Murieta Country Club.
11:00 am Check-in/Registration and special contests (cash, check or credit card)
1:00 pm Shotgun Start, dinner to follow (6:30 pm approx.)
Participation fee of $100 per player, includes: 18 hole golf tournament includes cart, goodie bag, refreshments, club valet, use of locker room and showers, unlimited range balls. BBQ Dinner following tournament play; additional dinners available —reservation required!
Various prizes for accomplishments and special sponsored contests. Shoot a Hole-in-One on Hole #TBD and WIN A GRAND PRIZE! Presenting Sponsor Coldwell Banker Award Realtors. Benefiting Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation and Amador STARS. For an entry form, email awardrealtors@yahoo.com, then return email, or fax entry form to 888-855-8107, or drop off/mail to 836 N. Hwy 49/88, Jackson, Ca 95642. For more information please contact David Carlson (209) 223-2276 or Karen Griffin (209) 639-8170

PRESTON CASTLE PRESENTS: “LETHAL LUAU” MURDER MYSTERY DINNER - Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd, 6 pm to 9 pm. Aloha, welcome to Hawaii! It is sunset on the beach and friends of Chase Diamond have gathered at his birthday Luau.  The impromptu party quickly turns into a woeful wake when Chase is found dead, poisoned by one of his guests.  Was it friend or foe who fatally freshened his favorite cocktail?  It is up to you to find out! Come to a Hawaiian Luau and figure out the mystery. Wear your Aloha outfits to really blend in. Enjoy a luau style dinner in the Preston Castle Courtyard and be part of the action as events unfold around you.  Observe, ask questions, and use your super sleuth skills to figure out “who done it?”
The Suspects: Les Baggs, Chief Wiki Wiki, Holly Day, Rip Tide, Nadia Seymour, Joey Breakers, Leilani, Lavender Koi. A no host bar will have a nice selection of drinks available for purchase, including killer Mai Tais. Limited to 100 tickets, each night. Get yours now! Tickets: $45, available at Clark’s Corner, or online at www.prestoncastle.com.  Call 209-256-3623 for more information and/or tickets.

JACKSON RANCHERIA PRESENTS:
Fri Aug 1: Johnny Lang
Thurs Aug 28: Cheech & Chong “War”
Fri Sept 5: House of Floyd
Fri Sept 13: REO Speedwagon
Tues Sept 23: Heart
For more information and tickets, visit: http://www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

THE BIG LATCH ON - Sat Aug 2 at 10AM at Detert Park in Jackson. “The BIG Latch On” is an event that takes place during World Breastfeeding Awareness week that aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding women. Groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. This event will be brief and we welcome participants from all surrounding areas. The Jackson location website link is: Big Latch-On… Join us in Jackson, CA!

SUTTER CREEK THEATER PRESENTS:
Sat Aug 2: New West Guitar Group - original music, jazz, covers, acoustic and electric guitar
Sun Aug 3: Miss Tess & the Talkbacks - Old school Country to Jazz
For more information and tickets, visit: www.SutterCreekTheater.com

FIREHOUSE CONCERT -  The Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary presents a Firehouse Concert featuring the New Acoustic music of Mark and Cindy Lemaire on Saturday August 2
Doors open at 6:00 PM for complimentary hors d’ouevres, coffee and water, or bring your own beverage. Concert begins promptly at 7:00 PM Aat Lockwood Fire Station #2, 19715 Shake Ridge Road, at the corner of Hale Road, above the town of Volcano. Just $10 per person!
All proceeds go towards the purchase of a new Rescue Squad vehicle for Lockwood volunteer fire department.One can hear clips of their music at http://www.marklemaire.com Questions – call Jackie at 209-296-6868.

SATURDAY AT THE MOVIES: “THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE” - You are invited to join us in viewing this extraordinary movie on Saturday, August 2 at 1PM.at the Amador Democrats' Headquarters, located at 829 Highway 49/88 in Jackson (across from Poor Man's Bronze).
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white women in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned.  Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgement by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.See you there! -Steve Christensen, President, Democratic Club of Amador County.

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

ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Aug 5 & 19 Early Bird Bingo is at 6:15; Regular Bingo is at 6:30. 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. Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs...another chance to win! Complimentary desserts and coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. Call ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.

THE PINE GROVE CIVIC IMPROVEMENT CLUB will hold its August meeting on Wed Aug 6 at 6:30 PM at Pine Grove Town Hall. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact John Carlson, jcarlson42@comcast.net

THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday, August 7 at 11:30 a.m.at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speaker for August will be District Four Congressional Candidate Art Moore. Because of the great interest in meeting and hearing Mr. Moore, 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 209-267-0177 no later than Monday, August 4th (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 209-267-0177 to cancel by Wednesday, August 6th at noon. You may be billed for the luncheon.

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MOTHER LODE VETERAN’S BENEFITS ORIENTATION - Tues Aug 12 from 9AM to 12 Noon at Jackson City Hall, 33 Broadway, Jackson. For more information, visit: www.motherlodeveterans.eventbrite.com

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE: The Amador County Transportation Commission (ACTC) will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 12 at 6PM to hold a public workshop on the proposed alternative as well as a phasing and funding strategy of the SR 88 Pine Gove Corridor Improvement Project. Meeting will be held at the Pine Grove Town Hall, 19889 Highway 88, Pine Grove. Open house at 5:30 pm with maps, exhibits, and graphics.

AAUW LIBATIONS & CONVERSATIONS - The next gathering will be Wednesday, August 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at The Cellar in Sutter Creek. The topic of conversation will be “Defining and Finding Work/Life Balance.” 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.

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: IDENTIFYING AND SOLVING TREE PROBLEMS - On August 16 Amador County Master Gardeners will be offering a class that will help you learn how to identify Amador's native conifers, oaks and madrones. Speakers will discuss pertinent diseases and pests of importance. They will also talk about treatments that could possibly help with these symptoms. You will also learn how to recognize signs of hazardous trees and how to address them as well as the basics about working around trees and how to avoid damage. You are encouraged to bring photos and/or specimens to this class.
This free class will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon 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

12th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL JUG BAND FESTIVAL - Sat Aug 16 from 11:30AM to 9PM at the Sutter Creek Inn, 75 Main Street, Sutter Creek. Come hear and dance to various bands from all over the state and country play banjos, washboards, kazoos, harmonica, fiddle, you name it.   Keeping this festival alive is also a celebration of its founder "Banjo" Andy Fahrenwald who sadly passed on last year. There will be a musical-instrument building crafts area for children of all ages, constructing paper-plate shakers and kazoos. Don’t miss it! For more information, contact Wayne Hagen, email: waynehagen@sbcglobal.net or phone at 530-400-8882.

AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND PRESENTS: “AROUND THE WORLD" - Sun Aug 17 at 3PM at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Featured music will be Selections from “My Fair Lady”, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue 7”, “Swedish Polka” , selections from ”Four Winds”, a special flute section feature “Those Fabulous Flutes”, “Teddy Bear Picnic”, “Beguine for Band”, and much more. The 90-minute program will conclude with refreshments...bring the
entire family to this exciting concert! Join us for an enjoyable musical experience; bring the family and enjoy the spirited music! Arrive a few minutes early for best seating....ample parking...music begins promptly at 3pm. Visit the band’s website at www.accband.org for additional information or to find out how to join the band.

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED - Registration is now open for Fall Junior Team Tennis. Boys and Girls Ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome! League matches will run six consecutive Sundays from September 28 to November 2 and each team will have one practice per week starting in early to mid-September. Cost is $70 for the first child, $45 for the second child, and $10 for the third child (max of $125 per household).  Early bird special: take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by August 1.  Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards.  Print an application at www.amadortennisclub.org. Registrations must be received by August 23. Register early, space is limited. Preference may be given to those who register first. If you have questions, contact league director, Dan Klement, at 257-1950 or e-mail at danklement1@gmail.com

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT ANNUAL TOMATO TASTING CONTEST - The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are hosting their annual Tomato Tasting Contest on Saturday, August 23 at 10AM at the Sutter Creek Farmers Market. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Biggest Tomato, Best Red Tomato, Best Non-Red Tomato, and Best Cherry Tomato. To participate, bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market between 8:45-9:45 on Saturday morning, August 23. The judges will announce their favorites at 11:00 am. Admission is free.Start planning next year’s garden based on which tomatoes tantalize your taste buds! After the judges finish their scoring, join us for the public tasting for the joy of savoring a huge variety of tomatoes, from tiny grape-size tomatoes to giants the size of grapefruits.

“SWINE SOIREE” OUTDOOR WESTERN BBQ - The “Swine SoirĂ©e” will be an outdoor western BBQ to be held on Saturday, August 23 from 6 to 9 pm at Rattlesnake Gulch, a private residence and vineyard near Drytown in Amador County.  Open to the public, the event will feature professionally pit-roasted pork with all the fixin’s, country music by the Feather River Band, line-dancing, fine local wines and beer, free non-alcoholic beverages, a Mystery Wine Bottle Auction, and many other surprises.
Cost is $40 a person. By August 16, reserve your space on the Guest List. Call AmadorArts at 209-267-9038 or visit www.amadorarts.org and use PayPal.  Directions will be sent upon payment.
As a fundraiser of AmadorArts, your donations will help keep alive such vital programs as Arts in Education in all local schools and weekly free summer concerts, to name a few. AmadorArts is a non-profit organization serving Amador County since 1981.


SPEAKEAZY JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Sun Aug 24 at 2PM at the Amador Senior Center, New York Ranch Rd, Jackson. Re-appearing on August 24th at 2pm the Amador Senior Center in Jackson will be the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 10-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920’s and 1930’s - The “Great Gatsby Era” - using original dance band instrumentation. The band will feature vocalists Chrissy Sleigh, Arlene White, and Eric Johnson. New tunes added to the repertoire are “Give Me Five Minutes More”, “To Each His Own”, “You’re Driving Me Crazy”, “Tea for Two”, and “September in the Rain”.
The Orchestra (SJO) appeared last year at Ironstone Vineyard’s Concours d’ Elegance; it has been featured at the Dante Club in Sacramento (an annual special invitation), and made special appearance at the Berkeley City Club. The band appeared in May at Hovey Winery in Murphys for a special wine release event and most recently performed for the City of Carmichael to kick off the start of the City’s Summer music series concerts. There is a $5 admission charge at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Amador Senior Center. There will be cookies and coffee for your enjoyment. The Senior Center has great parking and access! Look forward to a fun afternoon and set your calendars back to the 1920’s! Classic cars and authentic attire are always welcome! Visit Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra’s updated website at www.speakeazyjazz.com for more information.


SEPT+ 2014

DOWNHILL EXTRAVAGANZA! Sat Sept 13 at 4PM in Amador City. Grab your Big Wheels and Come on Down! Ride the hill as many times as you like! Bring your friends and family to join you...or  have them come and root for you as you take the hill!
Every rider must wear a helmet and closed toed shoes. Waivers must be signed. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family. Registration is available at the ACRA office or register at the Downhill Extravaganza. Check out the fun-filled thrilling video of the Extravaganza from 2014 on facebook.com/goacra or goacra.org.
What is the Downhill Extravaganza? Watch!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVshMLjX8rE

JACKSON LIONS CLUB PRCA RODEO, CAR SHOW & OUTDOOR EXPO - Sat & Sun, Sept 13 & 14. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7-12, and children under 7 costs $5 each. Discounted advanced tickets available. For complete info, visit: http://www.jacksonlionsclub.org/rodeo/.
Contact: jacksonlionsrodeo2014@gmail.com

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

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


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

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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

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!
Team Fitness offers "Reluctant Exerciser Program" - AmadorHealth.com
Van Jones and Terry Tempest Williams to keynote Peak Innovation Conference in Tahoe City -AmadorBusiness.com
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Nutrition Class offered this Fall - AmadorEd.com
Project Learning Tree Workshop in Sonora - Fri Aug 8 - AmadorEd.com
Mother Lode Veterans' Benefits Orientation - Tues Aug 12 - AmadorMilitary.com
SBC to showcase "Sustainable Business Models at Peak Innovation" - October 8-10 - AmadorBusiness.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 Tuesday evening beginning June 24th. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email maryzellem@gmail.com

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.

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED - Registration is now open for Fall Junior Team Tennis. Boys and Girls Ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome! League matches will run six consecutive Sundays from September 28 to November 2 and each team will have one practice per week starting in early to mid-September. Cost is $70 for the first child, $45 for the second child, and $10 for the third child (max of $125 per household).  Early bird special: take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by August 1.  Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards.  Print an application at www.amadortennisclub.org. Registrations must be received by August 23. Register early, space is limited. Preference may be given to those who register first. If you have questions, contact league director, Dan Klement, at 257-1950 or e-mail at danklement1@gmail.com


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.

LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH! The purpose of this class is to give you an immediate speaking ability is French. Whether planning a trip where French is spoken, r just curious and want to expand your horizon, this is the class for you! Classes will be held Wednesdays starting  July 30 – August 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Health and Human Services Building. Cost: $65  and will run for 4 weeks. Email: Amoyer@amadorgov.org  to register, or call 223-6349.

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 starting in early April.
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

BALLROOM DANCE lessons are continuing every Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Pine Grove Town Hall. All levels welcome.  For further information or to sign up, call 296-1207 or hohohough@volcano.net.

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 County Fair - July 24-27 - AmadorCountyFair.com
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Amador Music Hub: Amador's Local Music Scene - 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
Amador Vintners: Savor an Amador Summer! - AmadorFoodandWine.com
Derby tickets still available at Amador County Fair - LifeInAmador.com
Ticket Pre-Sales for the Amador County Fair now available - LifeInAmador.com
Regal Summer Movie Express - $1 Admission to G or PG films on Tues and Weds - LifeInAmador.com
11th Annual Five EZ Pieces Golf Tournament - Fri Aug 1 - AmadorGroups.com

SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! AmadorMusicHub.com

ANNUAL PROJECT THANK YOU RAFFLE: Drawing to be held August 31, 2014 during the
Holistic Health & Awareness Fair at Mace Meadow. Need not be present to win.
Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 and are available at these locations:
Possibili-Teas, 25321 Hwy 88 in Pioneer
• Grand Oaks Inn Bed & Breakfast
• Amador Ledger Dispatch (ask for Conni Mac Lean Boyd)
• Century 21 in Lodi (ask for Dixie)
Prizes include:
  • 1st: Two nights at Grand Oaks Inn Bed & Breakfast, intimate gourmet dinner in the garden & more. Valued at $650
  • 2nd: Wine Country Goodie Basket Valued at $375
  • 3rd: Junior Foosball & Sporting Equipment $155
Project Thank You is a California-based 501(c)(3) Corporation. Tax ID 90-0421047
(209) 245-6088 • (800) 690-0896. http://www.projectthankyou.us/

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

SWIMMING POOLS Open for the Summer!
Ione Pool is now open. Plymouth Pool Opening Day: May 31st.
Both Pools open WEEKENDS only until June 8th. Beginning June 9th, both pools will be open daily, hours are from 1-7pm.
Cost:
17 and under=$2
Adults 18-54=$2.50
Seniors (55+)=$2
*Individual Season Pass $45 resident, $55/non
*Family Season Pass $125 resident, $135/non
*Lap Swim Season Pass $45/resident, $55/non

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...

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.

SCAM ALERT: Walmart/Target Gift Card
Please pass this along to anyone you think might be at risk - it doesn't just affect seniors
One of our seniors called me today with the following info:
  • She got a postcard notifying her that she had been given a $100 gift card to Walmart or Target. The card had a "personal identification number" on it and an "800" number to call.
  • Although she knew  it was a scam, she was curious and called;  she got a gentleman who was apparently calling from somewhere else in the world and who used her name and congratulated her.
  • He told her that there was a $7.48 "processing" fee for so they could send her the gift card and he "just needed (her) credit card information to process the fee.
  • She (being one of our savvy seniors) told him there was no way in "h*ll" she was giving him her credit card number and guess what???  He hung up on her!
Yay! Smart seniors of Amador! HOWEVER this is a scam that is going to target lots of people - like perhaps many people who have shopped at Target and Walmart and had their names/addresses hacked...and I am afraid that some of them are not going to be so bright as Hazel was.
So please get the word out about this however you can.
Laurie Webb
Amador County Commission on Aging
AmadorElders.org

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.