Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
- Franklin P. Jones

News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: Sophia's Well - February 2016
This Week at the Union: Chubby Monday Prix Fixe, Karaoke Wed, Comedy Night, Valentine's Dinner
Help Operation Care win $50K grand prize in the "No More" Challenge
Love-A-Fair Ball - Sat Feb 13
Senior Wellness Day - Fri Feb 19
OBITUARY NOTICE: Janet Kay Bodmer
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PROSTATE CANCER INFORMATION & SUPPORT GROUP - The Amador County Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday February 9, 2016 starting at 6:00 pm. The location is Sutter Amador Hospital in the Oakview Conference Room on the second floor.
The group was formed to support men and their families and others who wish to know more about Prostate Cancer. Meetings are open to all and include men who have recovered from Prostate Cancer as well as those recently diagnosed, and those in treatment. The types of treatments range in scope from taking a watchful waiting active surveillance approach to radiation or surgery. Periodically meetings offer DVDs  and updates on research.
The meetings have information regarding nutrition and prostate cancer. We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about cancer and nutrition to attend
For more information about the group and its meetings contact Jerry Trottier, 223-9133.
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TRINITY SUTTER CREEK: What is the connection between Valentine’s Day and Lent?  Come hear the answer in the sermon this Sunday, February 14.  Our Lenten season continues with Lenten Soup Suppers on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 PM in Jane’s Hall, from February 17 through March 16.  All are welcome to these meals followed by an exploration of the meanings of the Lenten season in a variety of formats.  Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.  Regular Sunday services are at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM followed by a coffee hour after the 10:30 service this Sunday. Trinity Church is located at 430 Highway 49, Sutter Hill, across from Walgreens. For more information, call 267-0255, or visit www.trinitysuttercreek.org.
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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH FACEBOOK GROUP:
What's up in your neck o' the woods? Join today!
Obituaries can be found at: danerimortuary.com
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Newsletters
Community Calendar
FEBRUARY
National Heart Month - Black History Month
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ONGOING IN FEBRUARY:
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SUTTER CREEK THEATER PRESENTS:
Theater is located at 44 Main St., Sutter Creek. Call 916.425.0077 or email info@suttercreektheater.com. Buy tickets at "Heart & Soul (in the theater building), or online at
www.SutterCreekTheater.com
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UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING - Mon Feb 8 at 6 PM at the Veteran’s Hall, Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer. Sergeant Michael L. Parks from Amador County’s ACCNET, a county wide narcotics task force, will be the special speaker on the Status of Marijuana in Amador County. For more information, visit: www.uccamador.com
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FREE MOTHER LODE JOB TRAINING WORKSHOP - Tues Feb 9 and 23 at 10877 Conductor Blvd, Suite 700, Sutter Creek. Resume 9:30-11AM. Resume format, cover letters, resume builder, Winway Resume Template, ONET On-line. Job Search/Interviewing 1:30-3PM. Research, The Hidden Job Market, applications, interviewing, employer expectations.
Seminars alternate weekly on Tuesdays. Call 223-3341 to reserve your spot.
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FREE WORKSHOP ON SUICIDE PREVENTION: How to help someone in a crisis. This free workshop will address the following: ~What are suicide warning signs? ~ How can you assist someone in a crisis? ~ Where is help available? This workshop will be provided at the following locations: Ione Family Learning Center Feb 9th at 9:30am, Upcountry Community Center Feb 10th at 2pm, Camanche Lake Community Center Feb 11th at 2pm. For more information please call 209-296-2785.
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TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH - This is an early Easter year and Lent begins on Wednesday, February 10.  A service with imposition of ashes and Holy Communion will be held at 12 noon and a service with imposition of ashes and a meditational, introspective focus will be held at 7 PM.  Join us as we begin this important spiritual season of the year.  Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.  Regular Sunday services are at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM followed by a coffee hour after the 10:30 service this Sunday.  Trinity Church is located at 430 Highway 49, Sutter Hill, across from Walgreens. For more information, call 267-0255, or visit www.trinitysuttercreek.org.
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2016 CALIFORNIA ARBOR WEEK POSTER & VIDEO CONTEST - Calling all teachers and students to join CAL FIRE & California ReLeaf for the 2016 ‪#‎ArborWeek‬ poster and video contest. This year’s theme is “Trees and Water: Sources of Life”. Grades 3-8 are welcome to participate and learn all about the benefits of trees. All submissions are due by February 12th. Learn more about the contest at: http://arborweek.org/for-educators/
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DEAVER VINEYARDS “PASSION FOR PORTS” - Saturday, February 13 from 1-4PM. We're pairing six to eight ports with both sweet and savory small bites. Take home your choice of a Reidel port glass or a True Port Sipper (you can see what one of these look like here).
This is a perfect Valentine’s surprise for that special someone.
Smoke Signals Cigars from Angels Camp will be on-site for our Deaver port and cigar fans. Enjoy your samples in a specially designed smoking area.
We're pairing six to eight ports with both sweet and savory small bites. Take home your choice of a Reidel port glass or a True Port Sipper (you can see what one of these look like here).
Tickets are $18, to purchase, visit: http://www.deavervineyards.com/Shop/Event-Specials
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❤ VALENTINE’S DANCE - Saturday Feb.13 at The Lounge at Gold Country lanes proudly presents the  band "Souled Out" playing your favorite 60's Soul to 80's Funk. If you missed their debut at the spectacular at  the New Years Bash with Mr. Pinstripe, don’t miss them now! Doors open 7:00 p.m Dance at 8:00. No Cover! 81 W Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 (209) 223-3334
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❤ VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE ST. GEORGE HOTEL - Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The St. George Hotel is serving up a special Valentine's Day dinner menu ALL weekend long! Join us on February 13th or February 14th and celebrate LOVE! To checkout our menu, click on the link below.Celebrate St. Valentine's Day,
"The Day For Romance", Saturday AND Sunday at the St. George Hotel. For dining and/or hotel reservations call 209-296-4458, today!
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ACRA BINGO 2016 - February 16, March 1 &15, April 5 & 19, May  3 & 17 at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Doors open no later than 5:30 PM. Early Bird Bingo 6 PM. Regular BINGO 6:15 PM.
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic Ems; another chance to win!
Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program Please call Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
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FOOTPRINTS SUPPORT GROUP - Wednesdsay, February 17 at 6PM. Sutter Amador Outpatient Services Building Mountain Room. Footprints is a free support group to help families find their way back to life, after a loss. This group is open to all parents who have experienced the death of their baby, from pregnancy through infancy. Footprints is also a place where grieving parents with similar experiences can come together and share their feelings about their loss, and the love for their babies. Support groups are held once every month, on Wednesday evenings. For more information, or to request the schedule for the entire year, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
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OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE HUB - Thursday Feb 18, and every 3rd Thursday at The Hub in Jackson (above Hein & Co. Bookstore). Free event, open to everyone! Bring your instrument, poetry, jokes and stories. Or just come and enjoy the fun and free entertainment! For more information, call AmadorArts at 267-9038 or email amadorarts@gmail.com

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: BACKYARD CHICKENS - Are you a backyard gardener who knows the benefits of growing your own vegetables?  Go the next step and add a small flock of chickens!  Fresh eggs from your backyard beat store-bought just like home grown tomatoes beat ones from the store. To learn the pros and cons of raising your own chickens, join Janice Johnson, and the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County, for this free class Saturday February 20, 9 am til noon in the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Martell.
NOTICE: Advance reservations are required for this class.  Call or e-mail and leave your name and phone #. (Please see below). If you have any questions about the class or have other gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or e-mail mgamador@ucdavis.edu
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CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT - Saturday, February 20 at 4 pm.  Pianist Anne Rainwater from the San Francisco Bay Area performs the complete Goldberg Variations of Johann Sebastian Bach, a monument of the keyboard literature of all time.  $15 general admission.  The concert will be followed by a reception in honor of the soloist. Residence of Ron Brickman, 22021 Highway 26, West Point. Advance reservations required; pay at the door.  Sponsored by the Mother Lode Friends of Music.  To reserve, call  (209) 293-4227 or contact brickman@volcano.net
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EDUCATE, EQUIP & SUPPORT: BUILDING HOPE FOR PARENTS, a 13 week program is designed to provide parents with evidence-based education about childhood mental health illnesses and treatments options. The purpose is to provide education and promote the building of natural supports between parents. This program will inform participants about common childhood mental health issues and symptoms management techniques. Please join us for this free series at the Ione Family Resource Center on Mondays 9:30am starting February 22nd. For more information or to RSVP please call 296-2785.
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AAUW’S “LIBATIONS & CONVERSATIONS” group is meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hotel Sutter at 53 Main Street, Sutter Creek, in the back dining room. Those who wish to stay for dinner afterwards are welcome to stay. The topic for discussion is “Women’s Representation in Public Office” led by member Lani Chapman. No-host wine/beer/cocktails available. No need to RSVP, just come join the fun and bring a friend!

AAUW is a national organization whose mission is to advance 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.amador-ca.aauw.net/
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TRANSFORMING THE DIFFICULT CHILD - Thursday, February 25 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at First 5 Amador, 975 Broadway, Jackson. This workshop is for you, if you are the parent, caregiver, therapist, or teacher of a challenging child or teen and you have found that no matter how much you (and others) try to help the child, he or she still struggles. These struggles could include anger, disrespect, arguing, overreacting, self-control problems, anxiety or depression. This free workshop is open to the public, and will be presented by Jennifer Lotery, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist who has been working with children and teens for over 25 years. The training is based on the work of Howard Glasser, M.A. who developed the Nurtured Heart Approach. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call the Foster and Kinship Care Education program to RSVP, at (530) 642-5659.
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E-WASTE FUNDRAISER: Please help Community Christian School Jr. High go to Washington D.C. We are having an E- waste fundraiser on Saturday Feb 27th from 9:00 am to 1:00 PM. We are taking. TV's, Monitors, computers, lap tops, servers,printers MP3 players, VCR's, Tablets, Fax machines, video consoles ,cable boxes, satellite boxes. 14045 Ponderosa road (off Ridge by the ball field). If you need someone to pick up items from your home or office please call Sara at 712-2506 or Samantha at 963-7000. Thank you
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WINDOWS 10 SEMINAR - Learn the tips, tricks and cool features: Work hands free, speech and facial recognition, markup and share web pages, Use one app for all email accounts, New Microsoft edge browser tools, game with Xbox, plus new features added constantly.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Health and Services Bldg. 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek, CA. To register call Barbara at ACRA 223-6349. Presented by Tori Moody of CPU Computers. For more information please call 296-0660.
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FACL BOOK DRIVE: The Friends of the Amador County Library is accepting donations of gently read books and audio-visual materials in good condition on Saturday, February 27 and April 2,  from 10 am – 2pm at the FACL Book Storage Building, 42A Summit Street, Jackson (behind the old Court House). For information, call (209) 267-0855. Please, no magazines, VHS or cassette tapes, or damaged materials. The Friends of the Amador County Library is a 501(c)3 organization.  All donations are tax deductible.
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ARGONAUT HS BAND ALUMNI CONCERT & DINNER - This year the Argonaut High School Band Boosters will be hosting an Alumni Concert and Dinner to be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Creek. The concert portion will be performed by current and alumni band members from Argonaut, Amador, Ione, and Jackson High Schools. Our community is very dedicated to band in our schools and we are expecting that this event will be a sell out at 200 people.
Part of the evening’s festivities will be a live and silent auction. Auction item proceeds will benefit our current music program that is expanding by leaps and bounds. Our band currently has over 40 members and we are looking forward to a large incoming class next year.
Doors open at 5:30pm, Concert at 6:30pm, Dinner at 7:00pm, Silent Auction to Follow
Tickets are 1 for $30 or 2 for $50 :Proceeds will go to support the Argonaut Band Students!
Enjoy a dinner of lasagna, garlic bread, salad and dessert, catered by Gracie Campbell.

We would be truly thankful if you would donate an item for our auction. All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be issued. Our event coordinator, Lori Haney, may be reached via email at Campbell.haney@icloud.com if you have any further questions or to arrange for a pick-up of your donation.
Thank You for Your Support,
Melissa Leamy, HSBB
Heather Walkover, Conductor
Click here for a donation form and more information: http://amadormedia.homestead.com/alumni_concert_flyer.pdf
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STAN KELLEY MEMORIAL CRAB FEED - Hosted by the Sutter Creek Lions Club, Saturday, February 27 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek.
Doors open at 5 PM for no host bar. Crab served at 6:30 PM. Door and raffle prizes. Wine served with crab provided by Karmere Winery (no outside alcohol permitted). Proceeds support community service projects, scholarships and Sutter Creek Boy Scouts Troop #6.
Tickets are $35. To order tickets or for more information, contact Chuck Swiderski at 209.296.3457 or email cswiderski@volcano.net, or visit: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/suttercreek/calendar.php
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MARCH+
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A CUP OF YARN: Hey everyone, if you are into knitting, come join the ladies every 1st Monday of the month at Sina’s Backroads Cafe in Sutter Creek, from 10:30 to noonish! The group name is A Cup of Yarn on Facebook. Come join the fun! Good people Good food!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Acupofyarn
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SIERRA BELLES LUNCHEON & FASHION SHOW - We are proud to support the Sierra Belles & their fabulous social event! The Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held in the
Jackson Rancheria Grand Oak Ballroom on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The Hospice Thrift Store donates the fashions modeled. Proceeds benefit the Sierra Belle’s various community service projects. Tickets must be purchased before February 22, 2016. Call Jan Wilson 295-5536 for tickets.
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ACRA BINGO 2016 - March 1 &15, April 5 & 19, May  3 & 17 at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Doors open no later than 5:30 PM. Early Bird Bingo 6 PM. Regular BINGO 6:15 PM.
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic Ems; another chance to win!
Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program Please call Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
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NOTICE OF CA-Protest HEARING
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AMADOR LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION
Notice is hereby given that the Local Agency Formation Committee will hold conducting authority proceedings on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM at 6755 Lake Amador Dr., Ione CA, to receive protests in opposition to Jackson Valley Irrigation District Exercise of Latent Power and Extension of New Treated Water Service; LAFCO Project #280, initiated by the district to comply with CA Department of Health Services (CDPH) Compliance Agreement No. 03-10-01CA-001 of 2001. New treated water service will be provided by JVID wherever non-treated district water is available for domestic uses, including certain parcels outside district boundaries.
All landowners owning land within JVID and registered voters residing within JVID have the right to file written protests. Written protests may be mailed to P.O. Box 22-1292, Sacramento, CA 95822 or hand-delivered in advance of the hearing to Jackson Valley Irrigation District 6755 Lake Amador Dr., Ione CA 95640. All protests must be received prior the close of the protest hearing at 2:00 PM on Wed. March 2, 2016. For more information, or to request a protest form, contact amador.lafco@gmail.com or call (209) 418-9377.
Contact Information:
Roseanne Chamberlain, Executive Officer
Amador LAFCO
(209) 418-9377
PO Box 22- 1292, Sacramento, CA 95822.

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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 9 to May 14 and each team will have one practice per week starting in late March (parents can request practice days).
The 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 February 16. 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 4.
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
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ACRA’S 2ND ANNUAL “HELP OUR YOUTH THRIVE AT THE HUB” - Amador County Recreation Agency presents The 2nd Annual “Help Our Youth Thrive at the HUB” Fundraiser for the HUB/Youth Programs on Friday March 4 at Thomi's Banquet Hall, Jackson. Doors open at 5:30 PM; Meal served at 6:30 PM. $40 per plate, Your Choice of Salmon, Steak or Chicken
- Live Auction
- Raffle Prizes
- Sit down Dinner
Your dinner sponsors a child for a month:
-Art, music and theatre classes
-Computers and software
-Books and arcade games
For Tickets, call John at 223-6349.
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ROTARY CLUB OF JACKSON PRESENTS 2016 TRIVIA CHALLENGE – Saturday, March 12. Form a team, test your brain power, compete for cash prizes up to $500, and have fun!
Trivia Challenge is at Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek. Check-in 2–3pm, Challenge 3–5 pm. Entry fee: $100 per team (4 people max, ages 18 and up). Spectators: $10 each (supervised children OK). Finger food provided. Cash bar for adults.
Proceeds will help send more kids to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards),
Rotary’s multi-day leadership experience for high school juniors.
Space is limited. Register now! For more information, a registration form, and complete rules: visit www.jacksonrotary.org or email rotaryjackson@gmail.com or phone 209-217-8126.
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FREE WORKSHOP: WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN (WRAP) A workshop series provided for residents affected by the Butte Fire. WRAP helps people regain control of their lives when they are struggling to manage difficulties and stress. At the Upcountry Community Center starting Wednesday, March 16th 10am to noon. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 209-283-3373.
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VIA SAC SHERIFF: Just a quick heads up to let you all know The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Wild Horse Program plans on taking three (3) saddle started horses for an adoption to the Backcountry Horsemen’s Rendezvous at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp on Saturday, March 19th. The adoption will start at 9:00 AM. I will send out more information as it comes. Thank you all for your support and please if you have adopted one of our horses in the past, let us know how they are doing.
Deputy Rebecca Eubanks #1151
Post Release Re-Entry Programs
Field Investigator, Home Detention Unit
Work Release Division
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
(916) 874-1481
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IONE HOMECOMING FUNDRAISER DINNER/DANCE “HOEDOWN IN THE ARENA” - Saturday, March 19. Cocktails at 5:30pm and Dinner at 7pm at the Arena at Howard Park, Ione.
Tickets are $25/each or 2 for $40. Children 6 and under are $10. To get your tickets, call Noele 209-663-1343; Lacey 209-304-8090 or Mitze at 209-304-7970.
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2016 49ER PYPASS RUN - Lace up your shoes for the 10th Annual 49er Bypass Run on Saturday, April 2 in Downtown Sutter Creek. Online registration is available at goacra.org. Packet pick-up starts at 7am on Main Street with the race starting at 8am sharp.  Race day registration will be available.  This 5K and 10K course takes you through the rolling hills of Sutter Creek and Amador City and offers views of the Sutter Gold Mine and the Freemont/Grover Mine Head Frame.  Registration is $20 if you are 17 and under and $25 if you are over 18. Participants will receive a custom Sport-Tek race shirt and a swag bag filled with goodies from this year’s sponsors. Overall Winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a custom medal.  Medals will also be handed out to the top three finishers in each age group.  Contact Kim Traverso at 223-6349 or ktraverso@amadorgov.org  
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BRITISH YOUTH SOCCER CAMP - Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and we have identified the key techniques and skills that your players need to work on and master to reach their true potential. With programs for each age, the curriculums includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a mini tournament play.
Camp will be held at the Howard Park Soccer Fields in Ione Starting Monday, June 6th - Friday, June 10th. Register by April 22nd to receive a FREE Jersey! Registration includes a soccer ball and camp t-shirt.
Mini Soccer from 9am-10:30 am, Ages 3-5 $118
Mini Soccer from 10:40-12:10am, Ages 3-5 $118
Half Day Camp from 9am-12pm, Ages 6-12 $139
Golden Goal (Monday-Thursday) 12:30pm-2:30pm, Ages 6-12 $45 (only available for Half Day Camp Participants)
Register online at:
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SAVE THE DATE: TetraBrazil Soccer Academy
TetraBrazil Soccer Academy offers unique programs of technical development that challenge each player to raise their game to new heights. The TetraBrazil curriculum has been designed by our professional coaches to provide teams, coaches and players with the same, expert level of training received by the top youth players in Brazil. The TetraBrazil Soccer Academy will teach your child more than just techniques and tactics. Each member of the TetraBrazil coaching staff will bring an authentic taste of the flair, passion, and creativity of Brazilian soccer to our camps.
Camp will be held at the Howard Park Soccer Fields in Ione Starting Monday, June 6th - Friday, June 10th. Register by April 22nd to receive a FREE Jersey! Registration includes a soccer ball and camp t-shirt.
Half Day Camp from 9am-12pm, Ages 13-18 $164
Half Day Camp from 1pm-4pm, Ages 8-18 $164
Full Day Camp from 9am-4pm, Ages 13-18 $204
Register online at:
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LOCAL CALENDARS:


E-mail your releases, briefs, newsletters, announcements, etc. for our calendar to: acneditor@gmail.com
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Opinions & Issues
RATE PAYERS TAX ALLIANCE: Garbage Rate Issues
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Meetings
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
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.
IONE PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
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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OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PM, Sutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.
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Classes, Workshops, Seminars
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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP - 12 week course starts in February at 5PM on Thursdays and runs through April. For new and experienced writers. Cost is $480. Location: Hein & Company, 204 N. Main in Jackson. For more information, call Sarah Luck Pearson at 507-269-3856.
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WINTER DOG TRAINING SPECIAL! $149 will buy you 3 private training lessons in Diamond Springs or Pine Grove. This is for a variety of obedience issues, however not geared to more serious behavioral problems. (Contact me for behavior problem packages and prices.)
The winter training special can cover walking calmly on leash, sit to meet and greet people at the door, wait, stay, preparing for therapy dog visits and more.
Please call Cherie Maitland at Our Furry Friends at either 209-304-5138 or 530-622-7877.
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PUBLIC AWARENESS SAFETY SERVICES - January / February teaching calendar:
Feb 3rd & 17th
CPR / AED 6p - 8p $50
First Aid 8p-10p $50
Feb 20th
CPR / AED 10a-12p $50
First Aid 12p-2p $50
Feb 26th
HCP CPR $65
Contact Jason to pre register at 209-304-0158 or email jasonzysman1146@gmail.com
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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 9 to May 14 and each team will have one practice per week starting in late March (parents can request practice days).
The 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 February 16. 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 4.
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
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NEW YORK FITNESS’ WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE CLASSES - Classes are free to members. Non-members, only $10 per class. Join the gym, and get the classes for free! Monday nights from 5-6PM. First class begins Mon Jan 4 in the Yoga Studio at NY Fitness, 615 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. This is an active class; please wear comfortable clothes.
Learn how to hit, strike, knee and kick. Learn how to defend yourself against grabs. Chokes, bear hugs and ground attacks.
Call 209.223.3236 www.nyftyfitness.com. Like us on Facebook!
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TEAM FITNESS offers CIRCUIT & LIFT class on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:15 am to 8am. You can pay by the class, buy a pass of 10 classes, or pay $39 for the month and take three classes a week.
We also offer Gentle Hatha Yoga, Zumba Gold, and Stretch classes. For more information and to discuss how these classes could help you please call 209-304-5139.
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LOCAL LANGUAGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES - Bilinguals of all kinds and second language learners have many advantages, intelligence boosting, better job opportunities, higher salaries in public and other types of employment, more job security and best of all the study of another language is fun and provides protection against dementia, the scourge of aging America! If you are ready to begin language studies now, or resume them in or around Amador county, I can help you find a way to get started whether through tutoring, classes, videos or tapes, on the internet, using music or television, geared to your style of learning and in the time that you have available. The secret of getting ahead is getting started and this is something people tend to put off for years, to their detriment. Expand your mind, and your horizons. Take the first step and call Profe Nora at 223-3322 for free advice.
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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
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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
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GENTLE YOGA CLASSES - Team Fitness in Pine Grove offers Beginning Hatha Yoga Program with classes offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes 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
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Events Calendars & Activities
AmadorCounty Arts Council - AmadorArts.org
Amador County Artists Association - AmadorArtists.org
Amador County Recreation Agency - goACRA.org
Amador Council of Tourism - TourAmador.com
Amador Vintner's Association - AmadorWine.com
Main Street Theater Works - MSTW.org
Sutter Creek Theater - SutterCreekTheater.com
Volcano Theatre Company - volcanotheatre.org
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A CUP OF YARN: Hey everyone, if you are into knitting, come join the ladies every 1st Monday of the month at Sina’s Backroads Cafe in Sutter Creek, from 10:30 to noonish! The group name is A Cup of Yarn on Facebook. Come join the fun! Good people Good food!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Acupofyarn
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OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE HUB - Every 3rd Thursday at The Hub in Jackson (above Hein & Co. Bookstore). Free event, open to everyone! Bring your instrument, poetry, jokes and stories. Or just come and enjoy the fun and free entertainment! For more information, call AmadorArts at 267-9038 or email amadorarts@gmail.com
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FRIDAY NIGHT PRIME RIB DINNER - Friday night...the perfect occasion to go out for Chef Chris Martin’s prime rib of beef au jus. This hearty main dish comes with a baked potato and seasonal vegetables. Choose from a 12-ounce portion for $17.95 or a hefty 16-ounce portion for only $19.95. You won’t find better prices on quality prime rib!
Nothing goes better with a fine meal than live entertainment! Enjoy some lovely piano music performed by Ione’s own Dennis Yancey, along with killer saxophone tunes from Hank Devore, while you dine! Clark’s Coner is at 12 West Main in Ione. Visit: www.clarkscornerione.com
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CAVANA’S DELI in Sutter Creek serves appetizers (small plates) every 2nd and 4th Saturday every month! Beer and wine specials from 5 to 8pm. Please join us for some good food...thanks, hope to see you!
Terri Jo Cavana
Cavana's Deli
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More announcements...
BUTTE FIRE RECOVERY - Information, resources, releases
AMADOR COUNTY HISTORY: Kennedy Tailings Dam
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AMADORARTS NEEDS HELP AT THE GALLERY. We have a great group of volunteers helping to operate the AmadorArts Gallery on Saturdays and Sundays.  But we could use a little extra help! The volunteers need help carrying our sandwich board sign to the corner of Main Street at 11am and back at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It will only take a moment, and would mean a lot. Please let us know if you would like to lend a hand! Thanks!
AmadorArts (Amador County Arts Council). 11A Randolph Street, Sutter Creek. Call 267-9038
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FREE TICKETS to The Mother Lode Highland Games on June 18 & 19, 2016! All you need to do is to VOLUNTEER to work 4 hours per day to get a one day entry. To volunteer please visit http://www.TheMotherLodeGames.com, click on the "Volunteer" link, then go to the registration form.
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THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - Men’s Breakfast – Feb 20th – 9:00 AM. Craft Monday- Feb 22nd- 10:00 AM. Women’s  Breakfast- Feb 27th- 9:00 AM. Men’s Bible Study Monday night at 7:00 PM is on “40 Days of Purpose”. Home Bible Study in Pioneer is on Monday night at 6:30 PM.  Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Study at 1:00 PM, currently studying “Beginning in Christ Together”. Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:00 PM is on “The Power of Encouragement”. Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. If you need a ride to church, please call the office by Friday no later than 4:30 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit thehealingwordchurch.org.
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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Gold Creek Cabin is for sale. Since we've moved to Boston, we just can't get back to enjoy the property and would like to start something new on the east coast. For Sutter Creek business owners, the cabin is an opportunity to purchase a turn key vacation rental business that has generated an average of over $40,000 per year over the last 6 years. Also, there is a $10,000 cash referral fee for anyone who refers a buyer for the property.
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DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS? Can you offer a safe, loving and supportive home? Do you have a desire to improve your community?
There is an immediate need for Foster Families in Amador County! Families of all kinds are welcomed! Foster care needed for ages 0-18. SCFS offers guidance, support and ongoing training throughout the entire foster care process.
Please call Sierra Child & Family Services, 209-257-1244.
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FYI: PAPERBACK OASIS - We would like to inform all of our customers that at the end of May this year we will be closing our store. Also, we encourage any customers that have trade-in credit with us, to stop in ASAP so that you get the opportunity to use it all. Just a reminder, our hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm. 525-5 South Hwy 49, Jackson.
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THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. If you need a ride to church, please call the office by Friday no later than 4:30 PM. Craft Monday- Jan. 25th- 10:00 AM.. Men’s Bible Study Monday night at 7:00 PM is on “40 Days of Purpose”. Home Bible Study in Pioneer is on Monday night at 6:30 PM.  Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Study at 1:00 PM, currently studying “Beginning in Christ Together”. Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:00 PM is on “The Power of Encouragement”. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit thehealingwordchurch.org.
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VIA FIRST 5 AMADOR: The Family Resource Network is offering a one-day retreat for mothers of children with special needs:
Ever heard the expression “If the world gives you lemons you need to make lemonade.”? As mothers of children with special needs we have faced many challenges. This year’s Mothers Retreat will focus on ways we can address those negative situations without being overcome by them. Family Resource Network offers a day of relaxation and fun for mothers raising children with special needs. The day will provide an opportunity for mothers to meet other mothers, and spend some time on themselves. The day will include games, music, fun, prizes, and lots of food.
Register now for the 18th Annual Mothers Retreat: Lemons or Lemonade?
Saturday, February 6, 2016; registration and continental breakfast begin at 9:30 a.m.; workshop hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton, CA, Chartville 1 Conference Room.
The registration form is available at
For more information please contact FRN.
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FREE TICKETS to The Mother Lode Highland Games on June 18 & 19, 2016! All you need to do is to VOLUNTEER to work 4 hours per day to get a one day entry. To volunteer please visit http://www.TheMotherLodeGames.com, click on the "Volunteer" link, then go to the registration form.
There will be a Volunteer Meeting on Saturday, January 30 at 12 Noon at the Spur Bldg. at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit: www.TheMotherLodeGames.com
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WELL-MANNERED DOG FOR THE NEW YEAR! Would you appreciate a dog who sat at the front door and greeted your friends, or maybe a dog who walked by your side with a slack leash and followed your commands? Or perhaps a dog who SAT and waited at mealtime or went in and out of doors with great self-control.
Pre-purchase 2 private lessons in Pine Grove before the end of January and get a third lesson FREE! There's no expiration date on when you need to use the 3 lessons.
Contact me by email trainer@dog-b-good.com or phone 209-304-5139.
Once you've contacted me and we've determined that I can be of help to you, you can mail your $99 payment to Our Furry Friends, P.O Box 97, Pine Grove 95665. If you'd rather have in-home lessons instead of coming to Pine Grove, I'll let you know what it would add on to the $99 depending on where you live.
Thank you so much and Happy New Year!
Cherie Maitland
Our Furry Friends
Training with Respect and Understanding
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MINER’S BEND COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PATHWAY - PERSONALIZED BRICKS AVAILABLE -The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation invites you to participate in Sutter Creek’s new Miners’ Bend Historic Gold Mining Park by buying a personalized  engraved brick in the Commemorative Pathway. You and your family will not only provide financial support to the Foundation and help finish this park, but you will cement your place in Amador County’s gold mining history forever.
 The work at Miners' Bend Park at the South end of Sutter Creek continues. By now you have probably noticed all the mining artifacts that have been placed at the South end of Main Street.  Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation has been working hard to make this historical project a reality and now are building a brick walkway that you can be a part of.
 The SCCBF’s goal for completion of this park is early next summer, 2016. The Park will feature over a dozen displays telling the story of Amador's roll in the California Gold Rush. Work is being done on interpretive signage that will give visitors a brief history of the gold rush in Sutter Creek and Amador County, with historic photos and descriptions of each artifact on display.
 The SCCBF would like to thank all those who have donated time and money to help make this project a reality. The Donor Brick Campaign will help them complete the park. Purchasing a brick is the perfect way to commemorate loved ones, promote your business or organization, honor a special occasion, or find that special gift. Personalized Bricks start at only $100.
Remember, your brick purchase is tax deductible. Buying a personalized brick helps the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation preserve our cultural heritage in Amador County. To order, visit www.sccbf.org . For more information please call Frank Cunha at 209-304-9192.
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NEW WEB SITE: SutterCreekFireHistory.com - Contains various projects being developed for the preservation and display of local fire history.
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BE A DISASTER HEALTH CARE VOLUNTEER! County volunteer application and fingerprinting scan required. Once clearance is received, you would be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker.
For more information, visit:
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RIGHTURN: VOLUNTEERS & MENTORS NEEDED - The Kiwanis Club of Amador County will be sponsoring a Righturn.Club at a local elementary school. We are looking for assistance in getting this off the ground. We need mentors, facilitators, and helpers. The 10 week program, meeting after school twice a week for 90 minutes this fall, will give obese kids the help they need to make a right turn in their eating habits and fitness. If interested contact founder, Thomas Moraitis.  Thomas@Righturn.Club.
 You don't have to be an athlete, a teacher, or in perfect shape to be a mentor. HS and college students, retired folks, people who have flexible schedules at work are ideal. The helpers will prepare healthy snacks for 40 twice a week, food provided and delivered to school. The facilitators will help with the program in making craft items for the kids, like booklets, magnets and name badges. All supplies paid for by Kiwanis of Amador County.
 Want to start a Righturn.Club in your area? Thomas will give you all you need to start one, and speak to your local Kiwanis Club to provide the funding. No cost to students. All mentors will be screened for the safety of the kids. Visit www.Righturn.Club to learn more.
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ART IN PUBLIC PLACES - The Amador County Artist Association (ACAA) has several benefits to being a member, one of those being Art in Public Places, where the artist can get regular exposure to build a reputation and occasionally make a sale with no commission fees.  This program also gives the location the opportunity to be known for original art on their walls and to promote awareness of original art. The exhibits rotate every 2 months.
Our current locations include Rosebud’s Cafe (downtown Jackson); the Superior Court of CA, County of Amador; American River Bank; Amador Senior Center; Sierra Eye Care; Amador Residential Care; Jackson Paint Spot; and Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione.  Currently, the program has a good balance of artists to locations. New artists and locations are always welcome.  If you would like more information, contact Colleen Williams, Committee Chairperson, colleenwill@volcano.net or (209) 295-2877.
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INTERFAITH FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Interfaith Food Bank is trying to rebuild its volunteer roster.  If you are looking to fill some time, build your resume, get some exercise, and give back to the community, the Food Bank has a variety of opportunities to do so. We are looking for volunteers to work both on-call and weekly shifts. Please email or call Assistant Program Coordinator Claire Gunselman cgfeedamador@gmail.com or 209-267-9006. Must be 18 years and older. Positions in warehouse, food pick up and drivers (DMV record required).
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FREE GREEN WASTE RECYCLING IN SUTTER CREEK: A dumpster has been placed at the Sutter Creek Fire District Station One, 350 Hanford Street, for yard waste recycling. This service is available to ALL Amador County citizens. Only small yard pruning are accepted...no large limbs, stumps, garbage, appliances or construction debris.
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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
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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!
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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


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

JOB OPPORTUNITY: ACUSD is seeking sub school bus drivers. FREE training starting soon! Great part time job with flexible hours and good pay. If interested, call the Transportation Department at 209-257-5182 for additional information.
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: AMADOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION is looking for an energetic self-starter to be an Employer Relations and Intern Coordinator for the Amador Learning Center! The job will find internships for students with local employers. Part-time position paying $18-22 per hour depending on education and experience. Go to http://www.amadorcommunitycollege.org/pge-grants-20000-to-…/ for job description and application procedures. Emailkarenltd@volcano.net  with questions.
Deadline for receipt of applications is at close of business on Friday, February 5, 2016.
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: COMMUNITY SPECIALIST at The Arc of Amador/Calaveras
Deadline to apply: Friday Feb 5
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: MUNNERLYN'S - We are now accepting resumes for part time scoopers. If you are happy, like to clean and eat ice cream please send it to isostacey@gmail.com. Experience a plus but not required.
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AMADOR COUNTY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
- Crisis Services Counselor - Temporary - Open Until Filled
- Deputy Sheriff - Full Time - Open Until Filled
- Dispatcher - Full Time - Open Until Filled
- Library Assistant - Part Time - Deadline to apply: 02/15/2016 5:00 PM
- Nurse Practitioner - Full Time - Open Until Filled
For more information and an application, visit:
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FIRE CHIEF POSITION OPEN: Lockwood Fire Protection District is searching for a part-time Fire Chief to lead our rural, combination fire department.  Compensation: Stipend.
Click on the link below for full job description and application instructions:
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: HOUSEKEEPING/RESTROOM SUPERVISOR - $14/HR
General: This is an administrative and hands-on position. The Housekeeping/Restroom Supervisor will be the primary supervisor of the Camanche Recreation Company North Shore and South Shore cottages, office buildings, rental facilities and restrooms, including portable and campground. Through an appropriate organizational structure, the Housekeeping/Restroom Supervisor will directly supervise teams of Housekeeping and Restroom crews.
Required:
- Must be bondable.
- Minimum HS education plus 2 years college or equivalent education.
- 3+ years experience in supervisory work related to housekeeping or facilities management.
- Must be able to give direction and work in a team environment.
- Ability to use a computer, including word processing, spreadsheet and e-mail functions.
- Possess a valid Driver's License with a clean 3-year history.
- Reliable transportation.
- Requires weekend, night and holiday work.
Please go to www.lakecamancheresort.com to download an application under the "Careers" tab, and fax to 209.763.5724 or mail to: Human Resource Department, 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA 95252. For questions, contact Terry Willard at 209.763.5921 x14.
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: GATE ATTENDANTS at Lake Camanche - P/T Seasonal. No calls please for this position. Please go to www.lakecamancheresort.com to download an application under the "Careers" tab, and fax to 209.763.5724 or mail to: Human Resource Department, 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA 95252. For questions, contact Terry Willard at 209.763.5921 x14.
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: INSIDE SALES SPECIALIST - $11.25/HR
Required:
- Minimum of 2 years sales or sales support experience, and 2 years in customer service.
- Communication proficiency with pleasant phone and warm-calling skills.
- Results-driven, with organizational skills and initiative.
- Outstanding customer skills with ability to obtain accurate information over the phone.
- Technical capacity with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
- Teamwork with positive attitude
Please go to www.lakecamancheresort.com to download an application under the "Careers" tab, and fax to 209.763.5724 or mail to: Human Resource Department, 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA 95252. For questions, contact Terry Willard at 209.763.5921 x14.