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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The aftermath of non-violence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness." 
- Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957

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News & Announcements
Coming up...
Gallery 10 Sutter Creek Silent Auction! - Jan 3-31
Jackson Creek Dental Group Opens Office for “Smiles for Kids 2015”: Appts on first-come, first served basis.
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Melissa Doyel is Sutter Creek Gallery’s Featured Artist for January
- Chronic Pain and Your Mental Health - Jan 12, 20, 22 & 28
Holistic Health and Wellness Fair - Sat Jan 24
- Lockwood FPD "Souper Saturday" - Sat Jan 24
MLFM Chamber concert features Oboist Jesse Barrett - Sun Jan 25
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Melissa Doyel is Sutter Creek Gallery’s Featured Artist for January
- Jackson City Council - Mon Jan 26
- Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Jan 27
- "River Reflections" Mokelumne River Arts Project: Local Receptions in March
Reiki Healing Touch Intro Class - Fri Jan 30
- San Francisco Chronicle Advertising deadline is Fri Jan. 30
- 4th Annual Spaghetti Feed - Fri Jan 30
- Support the Fight Against the Proposed Plymouth Casino - 2015 NCIP Surf & Turf Fundraiser Dinner - Sat Jan 31
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- New York Fitness hosts health screening event to kick off “Heart Health Awareness” month - Feb 2 & 3
Relax and Change a Habit with Hypnotherapy - An Introduction: Feb 4, or Mar 23
- John Muir to tell tales in Moke Hill on Friday, February 6
- Jim Glanton is Sutter Creek Gallery’s Featured Artist for February; Reception is Feb 7
- 3rd Annual Color Madness Run - Sat Feb 7
- Sutter Creek’s 4th Annual Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook Off - Sat Feb 7
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- Upcountry Community Council and Amador Red Cross presents "Hands Only CPR" class on February 9
- Amador Gourd Artists present national award-winning artist Joyce Campbell on Feb 12
American Red Cross Seeking Nominees for Local Heroes Recognition - Deadline for nomination is Fri Feb 13
- Creative Self-Exploration Class - Sat Feb 21
- California State Summer School for the Arts seeks Teen Artists, Writers and Performers - Application Deadline is February 28
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- California Budget Project's "Policy Insights 2015" to be held March 4 in Sacramento
- WINE LOVERS MARK YOUR CALENDARS for "Behind the Cellar Door" - Mar 7 & 8
- Save the Date! Amador Stars Bunco for Breast Cancer - Fri Apr 17

SUTTER CREEK THEATER PRESENTS: "WAGON WHEELS A ROLLIN’ at the Sutter Creek Theater, on Saturday, January 24, with shows at 2PM at 7PM. Are you old enough to remember cowboys Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott and John Wayne fighting for western law & order? If so, then you will enjoy the zany characters of Vagabond Players production of Wagon Wheels A-Rollin'. Git yer cowboy duds on and come on down to the “I’m OK, You’re OK Corral” to see this hysterical action-packed spoof of the Old West! This is a 90 minute production, and LOADS of fun!
The Vagabond Players, Inc., nominated for 5 Shellie Awards that recognize outstanding achievement in the performing arts in the Central Contra Costa/Diablo Valley region for Wagon Wheels a-Rollin’.
Tickets on sale now at: www.suttercreektheater.com

THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on February 5, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speaker for February will be Dr. Rita Huspen Kerr,
Amador County's new Health Officer.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at trestrail@gotsky.com or 209-267-0177 no later than Tuesday, February 3rd (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, February 4th  at noon. If you have made a reservation and do not show up, you may be billed for the luncheon.

SPACE NEEDED FOR DANCE PRACTICE - Small folk dancing group is looking for a low cost location for weekly practice on Wednesdays, around 6:00 p.m.  If you know of a possible location, or would like further information about dancing practice, please email Nora at smokesignals@volcano.net

JOB OPPORTUNITY


OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at: www.danerimortuary.com


Community Calendar

January

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS! Appointments for FREE tax assistance  at the Amador Senior Center for seniors (60+) and low to moderate individuals and families started on Jan 20th. Call 223-0442 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tax services will be provided between Feb. 2  to April 15. Please have all your paperwork before you make an appointment.

AMADOR SENIOR PROVIDERS QUARTERLY MEETING - Fri Jan 23 from 11AM-1PM at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. Coffee and water will be provided.  Bring your own lunch or something to share (6-8 servings - we always have tons of leftovers. Please plan to take yours with  you!). Plates,napkins  and forks will be provided. RSVP to Laurie Webb, Executive Director, 223-0422 or email barefootwitch@yahoo.com


“RIDING MY WAY BACK” is a short documentary that chronicles one soldier's journey back from the brink of suicide. He is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors; a horse named Fred. Please join us Friday, January 23 at 6:30 pm at the Veterans Hall in Valley Springs for a FREE screening of this amazing film. Following the film we will have a question-and-answer period on how horses help people cope with PTSD. Please invite your friends and share widely!

SATURDAY AT THE HUB - Sat Jan 24 from 10AM-5PM. Play pool, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, projects, activities, group games, movies and more! Children of all ages...bring your parents, too! Only $5. Call ACRA at 223-6349, ask for Katelyn.

MEMORIAL SERVICES for our leader in the resistance: Col.Fraser Edwards West USMC b. March 1,1918 Wash D.C. d. Jan 2, 2015 at his beloved Westhaven Ranch , Ione, Ca.
http://youtu.be/JuyaoEAsD-0. Services will be held Saturday January 24th at 4pm at the American Legion Hall – Post 108. Address: 11401 American Legion Drive, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 Phone:(209) 267-5764. Truly, a MAN OF ALL SEASONS. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fraser’s name may be made to the American Legion of Amador County or to support the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance (www.ionevalleylawda.com) which Fraser co-founded with daughter Sondra to further his dream of a clean environment and agricultural future for all in Amador County. Teddy West's summation of her husband's amazing life of service: Colonel Fraser E. West U.S.M.C. (Ret) by his wife.


11th ANNUAL HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR - The new year often finds people reflecting on the changes they would like to make in their lives. On Saturday, January 24, the 11th annual Amador County Holistic Health and Wellness Fair returns to the Amador Senior Center in Jackson, offering lots of resources for improving one's quality of life.
The fair presents an opportunity for attendees to take an interactive journey toward good health and well-being by sampling the many wellness products and services that are available locally. A complimentary raffle of lots of great prizes is available for all who attend. Those who experience at least 10 booths and share, in writing, something they learned at the fair will be entered in the drawing for the grand-prize "Wellness Package,” a combination of products and services that promises to transport the winner to a blissful state of well-being. The goal of the wellness fair is to have people engage actively in their health.
The ten previous years of this health fair have showcased some of the best wellness options that Amador County and the region have to offer, including massage therapy, chiropractic, energy-based healing, acupuncture, homeopathy, meditation, spiritual counseling, yoga, shamanic drumming, chi gong, and various exercise and nutrition programs. This year also promises to have a great variety of practitioners and healthy products to inspire all who attend to make small or significant changes for the better in their lives.
Charlie's Garden Cafe-- a cafe in Jackson that specializes in healthy foods to fuel your life-- will be making a nutritious and delicious lunch that will be available for purchase. There will also be local food, local farm products, and other wholesome products for sale.
Admission to this event is free, and all are welcome to attend. The health fair is 11 am to 4 pm at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. Sponsored by the Body, Mind, Spirit Center of Amador. For more information, call event organizer Michelle Grondin at 209-419-2503.

LOCKWOOD FPD “SOUPER SATURDAY - Saturday, January 24 at 6:30PM at the LFPD Station #2 (at the corner of Shake Ridge and Hale roads, above Volcano). Come support your local fire department and have some of THE best soups in Amador County! Just $10.00 per person gets you a bowl to fill up and taste Split Pea, Minestrone, Crab Bisque, Chicken Chili, Potato Leak, and more.  PLUS home made rolls and breads, with salad and dessert included. Visit: http://www.lockwoodfire.org. Contact Carol Asmus at 296-5681 for more info. What better way to support your fire department than with good old fashioned comfort food?

CLARK’S CORNER PRESENTS: “30 YEAR’S AFTER” - Ladies & Gentlemen, Clark's Corner is proud to present 30 Years After on Saturday, January 24th from 7-10 pm. These guys are ready to rock and get you all dancing! The beer will be cold and there is NO cover charge. We will serve a dinner special from 5-8 pm of Baby Back Ribs, Rice, BBQ'd Beans and Rolls. The dinner will be $12.95 and the beer will be $2.50 during Happy Hour from 4-6 pm. Come on down and take a seat, eat a nice meal and dance it off to the cool sounds of Ione's one and only "30 Years After". Call us at 209-274-2242 for info.

MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC PRESENTS: OBOIST JESSE BARRETT - Sunday, January 25, 2 pm.  Classical music concert presented by the Mother Lode Friends of Music. Oboist
Oboist Jesse Barrett performs
at the next MLFM concert
on January 25.
Visit mlfm.org
Jesse Barrett is the featured performer in a program of music for oboe, strings and piano.  Quartet for oboe and strings of Mozart, Piano Trio No. 1 of Lowell Liebermann, Capriccio for oboe and piano of Ponchielli, and the Quintet for oboe, strings and piano of Theodore Dubois.  Free admission.  Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek.  Call 209-293-4227 or consult mlfm.org for more information.

AAUW LIBATIONS & CONVERSATIONS group will meet Tuesday, January 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Element Restaurant (Hanford House Inn), 61 Hanford Street, Sutter Creek. Sharon Bertoli of Sutter Amador Hospital’s Social Services Department will speak on the topic of Stress Management. AAUW members, prospective members and interested women are invited to join us over no-host drinks.  No reservations are required.
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, visit: www.aauwamador.org or call (209) 217-8158.

THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, January 27th in the Meadow Vista conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital Outpatient Facility in Jackson from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. From 6:15 to 7:30 pm we will conduct a confidential Support Group for family members and caregivers of those with mental illnesses. Please note that the meetings will begin earlier during the winter months. For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.

BODACIOUS...BOLD AND AUDACIOUS! Bodacious Women’s Self Care and Nurturing - Sat Jan 31 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek.
Join Professional Certified Coach Roberta Pickett to:
 *Take the steps to help you thrive
 *End the drive to be perfect
 *Feel great about taking care of your own needs
 *Feel the Joy that lights you up
 *Light Lunch Provided
 *Pre-registration required
 *Cost...$75
Call Barbara at 256-1365 or email bnichols@amadorgov.org
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February/March


SUTTER CREEK BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION - We will meet next on Thursday, February 5, 8:30 am, Hotel Sutter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Creeky Cupboard, 267-9314.
Linda Meadows
SCBPA Secretary
Lee Stetson portrays
John Muir at Moke Town Hall on Feb 6
JOHN MUIR TO TELL TALES IN MOKE HILL - Acclaimed performance by actor Lee Stetson fun for all! On Friday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. the Foothill Conservancy is hosting acclaimed actor Lee Stetson portraying John Muir in Conversation with a Tramp: An Evening with John Muir. The performance will be at the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, 8283 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/13835, or by contacting Carolyn at 209-223-3508, or carolyn@foothillconservancy.org. For more information visit the events calendar at www.foothillconservancy.org or call 209-223-3508.

INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER - Sat Feb 7 from 8:30pm -12:30pm. Centering Prayer is a gentle, silent method of consenting to God's presence and healing action with us.Based upon the rich Christian contemplative heritage, Centering Prayer offers us a way to be open to God. By taking time to "rest in God" each day, we open our awareness to the gift of God's presence. Come and learn more about this prayer time! Gather at 8:30 for coffee. Workshop begins promptly at 9AM. Join us at Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek (across from Walgreens). For more information, call 267-0255. Suggested donation is $20 but no one will be turned away. All are welcome and the workshop is open to anyone interested in Christian Contemplative Prayer.


3rd ANNUAL COLOR MADNESS 5K FUN RUN - Saturday, February 7, 9:00am-11:00am, Margaret Dalton Hall/First 5 Building, Join Operation Care and the GO! Youth Program for our 3rd annual Color Madness 5k Color Fun Run. Join us in raising awareness of and taking a stand against Teen Dating Violence in Amador County and across the nation. February is nationally recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. For more information please contact us at (209) 223-2897 and ask for Anna Garcia or Natalie Vetter. On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/759625747424644/

INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER - Sat Feb 7 from 8:30pm -12:30pm. Centering Prayer is a gentle, silent method of consenting to God's presence and healing action with us.Based upon the rich Christian contemplative heritage, Centering Prayer offers us a way to be open to God. By taking time to "rest in God" each day, we open our awareness to the gift of God's presence. Come and learn more about this prayer time! Gather at 8:30 for coffee. Workshop begins promptly at 9AM. Join us at Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek (across from Walgreens). For more information, call 267-0255. Suggested donation is $20 but no one will be turned away. All are welcome and the workshop is open to anyone interested in Christian Contemplative Prayer.


MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: GROWING VEGETABLES AND ALL-ORGANIC GARDENING - Want to grow fresh vegetables for both spring and summer?  This free class, sponsored by the UCCE Amador Master Gardeners will cover garden planning and preparation plus a discussion of crops you can grow and the best time to plant based on your elevation/micro-climate.  Find out what crops you can direct seed, how to start seeds for transplants, and timing for transplants. Would you like to grow organically?  The benefits and ins and outs of growing organically will be included in the class.
This class will be held on Saturday, February 7, 9am-12pm, at the GSA building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson (Martell).  For more information contact the Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu


SUTTER CREEK’S ANNUAL MARDI GRAS PARTY & CAJUN COOK-OFF - Sat Feb 7. It’s Mardi Gras! Masks, beads, costumes and fun! Time to get crazy and have fun for a good cause. Come in Costume to make things more festive! On Saturday February 7th, 2015 the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation will be hosting the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook-Off, sponsored by Manassero Insurance. Tickets are only $20 (adults over 21 years of age and older) and you can sample Cajun recipes, dance to live Cajun music from “Over The Edge”, be in the costume contest, and have a great

time! Want more? Play some Poker or Blackjack, get thrown in the “Jail House”, have your fortune told and other fun stuff. The party is from 6:30 – 10:30 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street. This great event is tons of fun and is a fundraiser for the renovation of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School. For more info visit www.suttercreek.org. Tickets available at The Music Box Company 64 Main Street, The Sutter Creek Visitor Center at 71 A Main Street and Amador Council of Tourism at 115 Valley View Drive in Sutter Creek.



LOCAL HEROES SOUGHT: THE AMERICAN RED CROSS is asking community members to nominate individuals who they consider heroes. Do you know someone who has demonstrated an act(s) of heroism in the last year? Now is your chance to place them in the spotlight. Submit the story of your hero and why they should be recognized.
Candidates for nomination can be anyone who lives or works in San Joaquin, Calaveras or Amador Counties who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to exhibit a true act of selflessness. There are twelve different categories for nomination including firefighters, law enforcement officials, medical workers, good Samaritans and even animals who have performed heroic deeds.
The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 13, 2015. Nomination forms may be found at: http://www.redcross.org/news/event/ca/sacramento/American-Red-Cross-Heroes-Breakfast For more information about the event, contact Liza Cruz at (209) 986-0890, or email liza.cruz@redcross.org


David Anderson does a demo
at the next Amador Bonsai Society
meeting on February 14

AMADOR BONSAI SOCIETY - The next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Amador Senior Center in Jackson. David Anderson , Sensei for the club will do a demo on re-potting of deciduous trees. Bring your Bonsai to the meeting if you would like help on re-potting. For new or prospective members and guests, just come enjoy the meeting, demonstration and refreshments if you don’t have a tree! For more information, please call Juliene at 209 245-4016. http://amadorbonsaisociety.com/

VALENTINE DINNER DANCE - Sat Feb 14 at the Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, Rail Road Flat (Calaveras County). Doors open at 5:30 PM, no-host bar. Dinner at 6 PM: Pot roast, Salad, rolls. $8 per person. Drawings and fun for all ages. Performance by the Burn Day Band. Proceeds from food and drink sales supports the RRF Community Hall.

BLUE MOUNTAIN THEATER PRESENTS: “WRONG FOR EACH OTHER” - Seriously funny! Blue Mountain Theater’s production of “Wrong for Each Other” by Norm Foster allows a glimpse at ourselves through their roller coaster ride a relationship. This touching comedy exposes the funny side of life, even through the drama, and keeps us laughing to the end.
Please join us to celebrate Blue Mountain Theater’s 20 year and counting as award-winning theater thrives in the foothills. Opening Night Gala is Friday, February 13, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Door open at 6:30 p.m.; curtain at 7:30. Other show times:
Special Valentine’s Evening - Sat Feb 14
Sunday Matinee - Sun Feb 15 at 2PM
Fri Feb 20 and 27 at 7:30
Sat Feb 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun Matinee, Feb 22 at 2pm.
Performances are at 347 Main Street, West Point, 95255. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 209-293-7979 or 209-293-3100. Or visit our web site at: www.bluemountaintheater.com

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS SPRING SEASON - Registration is now open for Spring Junior Team Tennis. Boys & 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 Saturdays from April 11 to May 16 and each team will have one practice per week starting in early to mid-late March. Cost is $70 first child, $45 second child, $10 third child (max of $125 per household). EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by February 15. Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards. Print an application at www.amadortennisclub.org. Registrations must be received by March 6. 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

5th ANNUAL CRAB FEED - Saturday, March 7, 2015 Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, Rail Road Flat (Calaveras County). Doors open at 5:00pm ~ no host bar. Dinner at 6:00pm ~ wine provided with dinner. Dinner Consists of: Salad, Garlic Bread, Spaghetti, and Garlic & Butter Seasoned Crab. Proceeds to support the RRF Community Hall. Tickets:  $40. Cash, check or money order payable to: RRFCC [Sorry unable to accept credit cards]. To order tickets contact: Janet Bell 209-754-4882 or email rrfccrrf@gmail.com

2nd ANNUAL RIVER CATS BASEBALL EVENT for Amador JV and Varsity Baseball teams. JV to play at 4:30; Varsity at 7:30 pm under the lights on Saturday, March 28! Please help us once again to make this a successful opportunity for our Amador boys!
For the price of one voucher, you will get to see the boys play free and redeem your voucher for a 2015 River Cats regular season home game; who are now affiliated with the reigning World Series Campaign San Francisco GIANTS!
Vouchers are $20/each. Help us support our Amador High School Buffalos Baseball teams! We would love to fill the stands with all our family, friends and baseball fanatics! Please contact Karen at kltgish@gmail.com for vouchers! Thank you - please invite your friends as well.
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E-mail your announcements for our calendar to: carol@newsamador.com

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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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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Anje Olmsted with Dalton
portrait in progress.
LOCAL ARTIST ANJE OLMSTED COMPLETES COLLAGED PORTRAIT OF MARGARET DALTON - In March of 2014, Anje Olmstead was commissioned by the Jackson Rancheria to do a portrait of their deceased leader, Margaret Dalton. The initial request that the portrait be done in casino chips evolved (after four different samples) to a totally collaged portrait that measures 9 feet wide by 8 feet high.
Input from the tribe to be included in the portrait were visuals such as pictures of tribal members, photos of life events, i.e. meeting with [then] President Clinton, as well as [then] Governor Pete Wilson, and photos of her with some of her favorites, such as her grand-daughter, a couple of well-known country singers, a large stuffed rabbit, plus much more. The collage visually tells her life store. On February 9, the tribe will hold a sacred unveiling ceremony which will be attended by Tribal members and a limited number of guests. After February 9, the portrait will be open for viewing by the public. It will be installed just outside of Margaret’s Cafe at the Jackson Rancheria.

GOT SPANISH? Spring classes now forming and also, workshops on cultural topics will also be available in the spring.  To get on the mailing list for those call me 223-3322 or email smokesignals@volcano.net

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.


Events & Activities
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
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
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International Organization "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" seeks volunteer photographers
Support Amador High Performing Arts - 2014-15 Schedule!
- "River Reflections" Mokelumne River Arts Project - Local Receptions in March
Melissa Doyel is Sutter Creek Gallery’s Featured Artist for January
- Local artist Angje Olmsted completes collaged portrait of Margaret Dalton



More announcements...


AMADOR POLITICAL DISCUSSION GROUP on Facebook! Have something to say? Join today!
LOOKING FOR LOCAL MAGICIANS/ILLUSIONISTS: I would like to comprise a reference book at the Visitor Center with contacts for local entertainers in the magic and illusions field. If anyone knows someone in Amador County that fits the bill, please have them contact me, Lisa Klosowski at info@suttercreek.org or call 267-1344

“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. For more information call 223-6349.

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.

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.com

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


FRIENDS OF FREE SPEECH - Are you dismayed at the turn to hard right that the Ledger Dispatch has taken since the last editor quit, in December?  A lot of us are, and then of course there's the large group of locals who gave up on the Ledger long ago, don't read it, and so aren't really aware of what's going on there. Right now there are two small local media watch groups that are considering combining, and soliciting other interested parties to propose alternatives and distribute letters and information that the Ledger won't print. If this interests you, please email me at smokesignals@volcano.net and I'll put you on the Friends of Free Speech Mailing list. And please let your friends know, or anyone else that might be interested. I look forward to hearing from you. -Nora Coryell