The Big Crush

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

News & Announcements
- The Mercury Theatre on the Air in Sutter Creek: "The Immortal Sherlock Holmes" - Oct 21, 22 & 23
- Feist Wines Events: The Big Crush, wood-fired pizza, live music!
- Sutter Creek Provisions October Events: Live Music, Vinyl Pint Nights and more!
TODAY:
- Youth Mental Health First Aid Course - Thurs Sept 29

ASTRONOMY IN THE UPCOUNTRY - Telescope Workshop presented by Gold Country Astronomers! Thursday, September 29 & Friday, September 30 from  6:30-8pm, and Saturday, October 1. Starts at dusk at the Pioneer Veteran’s Hall (25155 Buckhorn Ridge Rd in Pioneer) on Sept. 29 & 30, and at Mollie Joyce Park (23884 Woodfern Dr in Pioneer) on Oct. 1.  $35 per family. Do you have a telescope and don’t know how to use it? Come to this workshop where you will learn how to use your telescope the first 2 nights and then the third night you will take a field trip to use what you have learned. This workshop is being presented by Gold Country Astronomers. For more information on the Astronomy in the Upcountry class, or any ACRA classes, please contact Barbara at ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or bnichols@amadorgov.org
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OBITUARY NOTICES:
Susie Pinger
Nancy Lou Niday
Leroy E. Carlin
Obituary notices can be found at: www.danerimortuary.com
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September Newsletters
Community Calendar
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ASTRONOMY IN THE UPCOUNTRY - Telescope Workshop presented by Gold Country Astronomers! Thursday, September 29 & Friday, September 30 from  6:30-8pm, and Saturday, October 1. Starts at dusk at the Pioneer Veteran’s Hall (25155 Buckhorn Ridge Rd in Pioneer) on Sept. 29 & 30, and at Mollie Joyce Park (23884 Woodfern Dr in Pioneer) on Oct. 1.  $35 per family. Do you have a telescope and don’t know how to use it? Come to this workshop where you will learn how to use your telescope the first 2 nights and then the third night you will take a field trip to use what you have learned. This workshop is being presented by Gold Country Astronomers. For more information on the Astronomy in the Upcountry class, or any ACRA classes, please contact Barbara at ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or bnichols@amadorgov.org
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BUTTE FIRE HEALING LABYRINTH WALK - Are you still recovering from stress and trauma related to the Butte fire? Join us in a simple but powerful community healing ceremony. Labyrinths have been used for over 4000 years to help facilitate balance, integration of life experiences and inner renewal. Putting one foot in front of the other we walk the labyrinth to release trauma, integrate our experiences and recover our center. WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. WHERE: New Life Christian Center, East Campus, 19751 Highway 88, Pine Grove. THIS IS A FREE EVENT! ANYONE WISHING TO PARTICIPATE REGARDLESS OF TRAUMA CAUSE IS WELCOME. No religious affiliation is necessary to participate. For more information/ questions contact Marla (209) 256-3750.
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OCTOBER 2016

OCT 3-9
- An Evening with Dr. Bob Derlet - Sat Oct 8 - RSVP by Oct 1
- NAMI Peer to Peer Classes, every Saturday in October beginning Oct 1
Local Author Gwen Clayton Releases Debut Novel at 24 Brix Winery
Amador Vintners host 24th Annual Big Crush Harvest Festival - Oct 1 & 2
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OCT 3-9
- Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Oct 4
- Sutter Creek Provisions "Tap Takeover: Oskar Blues Brewery - Wed Oct 5
AmadorArts Garden Concert featuring "Double Edge" - Sat Oct 8
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OCT 10-16
Screening of local filmmaker Liam Brady's new Short Film, “Fog City” presented on October 13
- Bake Sale & Crafts at St. Sava Church - Sun Oct 13
Sutter Creek Provisions: "I See Hawks In L.A." - Fri Oct 14
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OCT 17-23
-UCCE Central Sierra announces UCCE Master Gardener 2017 Training - Application deadline is Oct 18
- 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Jackson Elementary School - Sat Oct 22
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OCT 24-31
- Motivate Our Youth: 1st Annual Youth 5K Fun Run - Sun Oct 30
- Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF) Presents "Koyou – A Night in Japan’s Red Leaves" - Sat Nov 5
Redneck BBQ Bash Release Party at Andis - Sat Nov 5
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ONGOING:
Gwen Clayton presents Haunted Wine Tour
Mother Lode Friends of Music 2016-2017 Concert Schedule
Upcoming Events at Andis! Pickup Party with RC Pizza Wagon and The Masquerade Workshop in October
Open Chamber Mixer opportunities for Jan & Feb 2017
Sutter Creek Provisions "Tap Takeover" events scheduled through November
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“GOLDEN THREADS” QUILT SHOW - Mother Lode Quilters’ Guild Presents “Golden Threads” Quilt Show on October 1-2, 2016, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featured Quilter: Sandra Mollon. Quilts, Wearable Art, Vendors, Country Store, Silent Auction, and Guild Challenge. At the Historic Downtown Sutter Creek Auditorium and Community Center. Admission $6.00 For more information, call Anelie at 296-7059 or visit: http://www.mlqgsuttercreek.org/quilt-show
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1107856742625157/
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FACL BOOK DRIVES ARE COMING! The Friends of the Amador County Library is accepting donations of gently read books and audio-visual materials in good condition on Saturday,  October 1, from 10 am – 2pm at the FACL Book Storage Building, 42A Summit Street, Jackson (behind the old Court House). Please, no magazines, VHS or cassette tapes, or damaged materials.
For information, call (209) 267-0855.
The Fall Book Sale is set for October 21, 22 and 23 at the American Legion Hall in Martell. Members' Night is Friday, October 21. Mark your calendars now.
The Friends of the Amador County Library is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.
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TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH - Grief and sorrow enter everyone’s life at some point.  How do you deal with loss and sadness? Our world often wants you to “just get over it and be happy”. What can we learn about ourselves and our society by exploring this issue? Join us at Trinity this Sunday where Pastor Karen will be speaking about lamentations. 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. 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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“I NOW RING HOLLOW: A MEMORIAL TO OUR LAND” OPENING RECEPTION Sunday, October 2 from 2-5 PM at Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill. Ceramic artist Mary Anderson shares her unique series of 12 Ceramic Bells, inspired by the magnificent ancient Japanese Dotaku bronze bells. According to folklore, the Dotaku bells were used for about 400 years, from 200 BC to 200 CE to warn of invasion. They were richly decorated with patterns representing nature and animals.
Mary’s “I Now Ring Hollow, A Memorial to Our Land” exhibition is complemented by the photography of Ty Childress. Ty’s photos were taken during and in the aftermath of the Butte Fire.
Visit with ceramic artist Mary Anderson and photographer Ty Childress at Petroglyphe Gallery and learn more about their art. Wine and cheese will be served. A free drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate to the gallery is going to be held at the closure of the opening event.
“Our home and land were completely burned out on September 14, 2015, the last day of the Butte fire. I felt stripped; all my possessions, art, family mementos -- gone. Images of what had been on our land played in my imagination and I subsequently created this series of bells as my memorial to our home and land… interpreted in clay and glazed with ash from that devastating fire.” Mary Anderson
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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT JOSE’S CANTINA! Don't forget MNF at Jose’s Cantina in Jackson, with a great $5.00 Buffet and $2.00 12 oz Draft During games!
On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Josesjacksoncantina/
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE - AMADOR COUNTY GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Amador County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to consider the recommendations of the Planning Commission on the following actions relative to the proposed Final Amador County General Plan:
  • the certification of the FEIR;
  • the adoption of CEQA Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations;
  • the adoption of a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program;
  • the adoption of the proposed Final Amador County General Plan; and
  • the approval of the General Plan Implementation Plan.
All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and be heard thereon.  If you are unable to attend the hearing, you may submit your comments in writing to the Amador County Planning Department, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642 or planning@amadorgov.org.  Letters of comment regarding this matter received by the County prior to the preparation of a Staff Report will be provided to each Board member as part of the Staff Report. The Staff Report will be available online (at some time on or after September 23rd but not later than the Friday prior to the meeting) for viewing at www.amadorgov.org in the “Agendas and Minutes” section.  Letters received after the Staff Report has been prepared will be copied and circulated to each Board member prior to the Public Hearing so you may therefore wish to also attend the meeting and summarize your comments orally. Letters received will not be read aloud by staff at the Public Hearing.
More info at:
http://amadormedia.homestead.com/PUBLIC_HEARING_NOTICE_OCT_4.pdf
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MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING - 2nd Thursday of Every Month at 10:00 am, 975 Broadway, Jackson. Are you a Mandated Reporter of suspected child abuse, or a member of the community who would like to learn more about how to recognize child abuse? Please join us for a free training on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Open to everyone! 2016 scheduled dates are: October 13 and November 10. Please call to RSVP, at 223-5921.
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FIREHOUSE CONCERT FEATURING DARCEL HUNTER & COMPANY - Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Lockwood Fire Station #151 at 23141 Shake Ridge Rd., above Daffodil Hill, Volcano, CA
Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concert begins at 7:00 PM. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres before the show. Raffle prizes include a beautiful quilt donated by the Wanna Bee Quilters.
Just $15.00 per person.  All proceeds benefit the Lockwood Fire Department Firefighters.
Come support your local firefighters!
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Sandra Betti, Flute
MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC: BAROQUE MUSIC CONCERT - Sunday, October 16, 3 pm.  A program of music of by the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music. Water Music Suite No. 1 and the Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 2 of Handel, Violin Concerto in E of J.S. Bach and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for violin, flute and harpsichord of J.S. Bach.
Conducted by Hank King with soloists Corina Stoian, violin, Sandra Betti, flute and Ron Brickman, harpsichord. Pine Grove Community  Church, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove.  $20 adults, children under 18 free.  For more information and directions, go the Friends of Music website, www.mlfm.org, or call (209) 283-4227.
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UPCOUNTRY 88 LIONS CLUB OMELET FEED & RAFFLE - Sunday, October 16 at the American Legion Hall, 11401 American Legion Drive, Sutter Creek.. 5:00pm No-Host Bar at 5 m. Dinner (with many extras) at 6:00pm. $15 Donation. Proceeds Benefit Community Services. For more information call 295-3343 or 295-6308.
On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/upcountry88lions/
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NOVEMBER 2016+
SAVE THE DATE! 7th ANNUAL BOOTS ‘N BOOKS CONCERT - The Friends of the Amador County Library are very excited to announce Adrian Brannan–aka Adrian Buckaroogirl as the featured guest at their annual Boots ‘N Books Concert. The young singer has won much praise, including that of veteran cowboy singer Dave Stamey. Stamey, who has sung at three B&B concerts, says of Buckaroogirl: “She writes all of her own music. It’s very centered on the buckaroo lifestyle. She’s the real deal."
You can preview Adrian's music at her website http://www.buckaroogirl.com/
The concert is set for 3 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Pine Grove Community Church. For more updates, visit: www.friendsoftheamadorcountylibrary.org
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Opinions & Issues
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Meetings
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
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CITY/COUNTY 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 the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
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FYI: Amador County BOS - FY2016-17 Proposed Adopted Budget
Amador County Civil Grand Jury Special Investigation Report
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VIA UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL: LYNN MORGAN (District 3 Supervisor):
Hi Folks,
As usual the following is a brief list of agenda items for the board's next meeting, beginning next Tuesday at 9?
*First, the Auditor's Office will discuss a critical procedural change between their office and Special Districts.
*Second, the Board will discuss staffing needs for our tree mortality removal work that will be funded by Cal OES.
*Third, we will review and likely approve the High Country Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
*Next, both agenda items 8 and 9 discuss procedural changes in both the Environmental Health regulations and the Tax Neutrality Agreement between the County and the Stewardship Council.  These changes are considered non-controversial, including:
*Agenda item 10 is discussion and requested approval of a letter to the El Dorado Irrigation District, regarding their proposal to do three things, including closing a popular recreation site.
*Both on the regular agenda and a public hearing, the board will be asked to approve the 2016-17 Recommended Budget and the resolution adopting the budget.  We expect to have some extra funds due partially to under spending by some departments and underestimation of some costs in other areas.
Finally, at both 10:30 and 1:30, we will hold public hearings respectively on Community Facilities District Annexations and the closing of a River Pines Planning Grant.
Please mark you calendars for October 10 as most of  you should be receiving a postcard soon about a Bark Beetle Town Hall meeting I will be conducting at the Vets Memorial Hall to provide updated information and answer questions from the agencies involved in mitigating this emergency for upcountry.
As always, please contact me if you have questions or comments at this email or call my office 223-6493,
My Best,

Lynn
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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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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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AMADOR COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 7PM at their office at 557 Hwy 49 Suite 3, Jackson. Call 209-257-1397. The public is welcome to attend.
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INVITATION TO JOIN THE LOCKWOOD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AUXILIARY - We raise money for our volunteer personnel and have a lot of fun doing this. We have dinners, concerts and our annual pancake breakfast.
We meet every first Monday of the month. If you are interested in joining our group, contact
Carol Asmus at 209-2396-5681 or Marilyn Dillion, VP at 209-296-8011. Our website is www.lockwoodfire.org
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'MOM TO MOM' PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP - 2nd Saturday of Every Month. 2:30 - 4:00 pm at the First 5 Building, 975 Broadway, Jackson. In this group for new moms and pregnant women, we support moms to recover from pregnancy and birth, help you feel well and be the mom you want to be, discuss anxiety, stress, depression, and difficulty adjusting, learn coping skills, relaxation techniques, and communication skills. Facilitated by Christa Thompson, LCSW. These groups meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. For questions, information, and/or to RSVP for free child care, please call 257-1092.
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PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Interim Healthcare of Jackson is hosting monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group every third Tuesday of the month, from 10:30 am to 12 noon. We have a speaker for most meetings. We also have painting lessons for those who are interested. Call us at 209-223-9119 for more information.
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“READ ACROSS AMADOR” MEETINGS - 3rd Tuesday of Every Month at 12:30 pm at the ATCAA office at 935 S. Hwy 49, Jackson. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Please mark your calendars, and join us to discuss ways to increase literacy awareness and opportunities in Amador County. Meetings are open to everyone! For more information, please call 257-1092.
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'FOOTPRINTS' SUPPORT GROUP 3rd Wednesday of Every Month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Sutter Amador Hospital, First Floor, Mountain Room. Footprints 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. Adults only please. For more information, please call 257-1092.
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AMADOR REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM at their headquarters located at 12275 Martell Road (across from Panda House Restaurant). Our meetings are open to the public, and attendance is encouraged. For more information, visit: http://amadorrepublicans.com/
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LGBT (Life Gets Better Together) SOCIAL GROUP in Jackson for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Folk. Every 1st and 3rd Fridays from 4:00p. – 5:30p. at Hein & Co. ~ 204 Main Street, Jackson. All ages welcome! Join us for discussion, friendship and support. For more information call Marla at (209) 256-3750.
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Classes, Workshops, Seminars
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OPEN STUDIO AT WENDY WARD’S STUDIO - Bring your project or come for inspiration every Monday from 10am - 1pm. Enjoy conversation, tea and snacks & a chance to see what others are working on. Feel free to bring a lunch and spend time getting to know others.
Basic tools (scissors, cutting mats, etc.) and a variety of materials are available to sample.. No formal instruction, but ideas and suggestions provided if you need a spark!
$15 for a 3 hour block or purchase or 12 hours (4 weeks) for $50. For more information, call 295-2224. On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/WendyWardStudio/
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AMADOR COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL HAS OPENINGS - The Amador Cooperative Preschool in Jackson is Amador County’s only parent cooperative preschool, and currently has openings. ACP differs from other preschools in the county in that it is run by, and for, the preschool families. Each family shares in the operation of the school, and teachers and parents work together to create a positive, safe, nurturing, and fun learning environment for all children. A strong sense of community flourishes within this cooperative structure. ACP offers a morning preschool class that meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Families may enroll their child(ren) for 2 or 3 days a week. Please call Teacher/Director Elaine at 257-0622 for current enrollment information.
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FREE WORKSHOP SERIES: COMMON GROUND: Parents and Teens are invited to attend Common Ground: A 7 week Communication Workshop Series. Participants will learn and strengthen the following skills: Listen Respectfully, Communicate Openly and Honestly, Set and Respect Limits, and Appreciate and Honor Differences. Common Ground is held Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at the Upcountry Community Center. For more information please call 296-2785.
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SPECIAL SENIOR FITNESS PACKAGE Do you or someone you know need to improve their flexibility and balance? Also strength and stamina are wonderful things to keep working on as we age into our sixties, seventies, eighties and beyond.
Team Fitness in Pine Grove offers a special mini-Personal Fitness training package to keep the price very affordable and to work with people one-on-one for half an hour ideally every week.
Please text or call 209-304-5139 to learn more and get started on improving your ability to be independent and active. A great gift to give a parent or grandparent!!
Cherie Maitland, CPDT
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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 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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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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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.org
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GENTLE HATHA YOGA CLASSES meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 12:45 pm at Team Fitness in Pine Grove. Classes are kept small for lots of special attention to help you make those healthy changes you've been wanting to make. Excellent classes for beginners and seniors! $8 or a pass of 10 sessions for $65. Contact: Cherie Maitland coach@jacksonteamfitness.com
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Ongoing Events & Activities
EVENT CALENDARS:
Amador Council of Tourism - TourAmador.com
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
Preston Castle - prestoncastle.com

More announcements...
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COUNTY JOB OPENINGS: http://www.co.amador.ca.us/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities
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SIERRA RIDGE WINERY has launched a new program to help out our local food bank! They are selling gently loved cookbooks for $5.00 and donating 100% of the funds to the Interfaith Food Bank. Every little bit helps! If you have gently loved cookbooks that you would like to donate, bring them by. We would be happy to put them on the shelf. In advance we say " thank you".
“We sold our first cook book today to some terrific folks from Washington. They were thrilled with the program as they volunteer at their local food bank. Very cool!”
To contact Sierra Ridge, visit: http://www.sierraridgewine.com/Welcome.html
Check Sierra Ridge’s Facebook page out at:
https://www.facebook.com/Sierra-Ridge-Wine-Culinary-487391321367412/
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SUPPORT LOCAL WRITERS: Please support local writers and take a look at Placer Gold Writers crowd-funding project. I wrote one of the short stories, and was part of the editing team; check out the Kickstarter video! Your support of our publishing project would be greatly appreciated. This is a new venture for me and I'm very excited! Please share this post: every pledged dollar ensures we publish this awesome new book soon!! Thank you so much.
Eva Dunn
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1097189210/through-button-eyes-a-collection-of-short-fiction?ref=thanks_link
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STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: The Amador County Library is seeking volunteers to assist the library staff with Pre-School Story Time at the PLYMOUTH Branch.
Duties include helping to prepare story times by selecting appropriate reading material and crafts for pre-school children.
Story times at the Plymouth Branch are scheduled on the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30-11:00 am.
All county volunteers are required to:
1) Fill out a volunteer application (pick one up at the library);
2) Meet with the County Librarian to go over the volunteer position requirements;
3) Be fingerprinted and have a background check. (Fingerprinting and background checks are paid for by the library.)
If you are interested please stop by the Library in Jackson and fill out a volunteer application.
For more information contact the library: 209-245-6476
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VIA AMADOR DEMOCRATS: Hello Friends! We now have signs, bumper stickers and buttons. Call our office at 257-1397 to arrange a time to pick them up or we can arrange to deliver them.  If no one answers, please leave a message as we aren't there 24/7. We will call you back. We need to show our support for our Democratic candidates! Thanks. http://amadordemocrats.org/
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MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC) has funding available for child abuse prevention mini-grant proposals for the 2016-17 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council has set aside funds towards the goal of contracting with qualified organizations and agencies to provide child abuse prevention services/programs within the County of Amador. Projects eligible for funding include schools, parent groups, non-profit agencies, and community organizations. The Council – a collaboration of county organizations, agencies, and community members – has found that the unmet needs in the area of child abuse prevention include the following focus areas:
•Drug & Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment/Prevention
•Parent Education/Parent Support
•Promoting Mental Wellness/Trauma Informed Care
•Developmentally Appropriate Behavior/Developmental Milestones Education
•Neglect/Distracted Parenting and Child Safety
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2016-17 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly. For an application form please visit www.amadorcapc.org, or contact Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or by email at info@amadorcapc.org
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BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST PROGRAM FOR CHILD CARE - Are you experiencing challenging behavior in your preschool or child care setting? First 5 Amador has contracted behavioral specialists that can help! These professionals can provide either child-specific or comprehensive consultations for child care providers and early childhood educators in Amador County. Consultants work with you, the child (age 0-5), and parents by offering on-site and phone support, strategies, tools and linkages to the support and resources that you need. This program is free. Please call First 5 Amador for more information, at 257-1092.
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CALL FOR CHEFS! DO YOU MAKE A MEAN BOWL OF CHILI? It could be YOU to take home the title of "Best Chili in the County"!
Last year's winner was Hotel Sutter (defending champ!), with Cavana's Deli as 2nd runner up.
The Sutter Creek Chili Cookoff and Car Show is slated for Sunday October 9. For complete information about the event, visit: http://www.suttercreek.org/sutter-creek-events-chili-cookoff-car-show.html.
CHILI COOKOFF CATEGORIES:
- People’s Choice
- Regular Division (Anyone, Any Age)
- Restaurant Division (Restaurants Compete With Each Other)
- Fire Department Division (Amador Fire Departments)
- Salsa Competition. 1 gallon minimum. You supply the bowl, we provide the chips.
There is no deadline at this time, but you must submit an application for your entry!
Pick up your application at Sina's Backroads Cafe, or save/print the application online at:
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1925 MODEL T FOR SALE: This antique 1925 Model T truck has been in the same family since it was new. The motor has been re-built. It has a new radiator, new tires, new paint, original oak wheel spokes, extra parts and much more. Must see to appreciate. The original truck was used on a farm as a flat bed pickup with stake sides, but has been turned into a unique mobile advertising van.$8,000 has been put into it with most parts coming from Sacramento Vintage Ford. Please call Georgia at 209-267-0774. Asking $10,000. Thank you.
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SUTTER CREEK FIRE HISTORY PROJECTS RECEIVES $1000 FROM SCCBF - A BIG Thank You to the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation for their recent donation of $1,000 to the Sutter Creek Fire History Projects. The Sutter Creek Fire History Projects research, preserve, recreate and display the local fire and fire department history, and will also act as a tourist attraction for Sutter Creek and Amador County as a whole. The projects focus on the volunteer aspects of the local fire department organizations that bound the members together, the social aspects of the groups and their service to the community.
To see more about our projects and how you can help, please visit:
MOBILE VENDORS SOUGHT: THE VELVET ROPE FILM FESTIVAL is scheduled for Sept 30, Oct 1 & 2 in Sutter Creek! Information on the event can be found at: http://www.vrff-ca.com/ . If you are interested in being a mobile vendor, please contact Nina Kuhl at ninamkuhl@gmail.com, or PM on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NinaKuhl).
E-mail: Vendors@VelvetRopeFilmFest.com for a vendor contract.
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JACKSON FD PINK RIBBON PROJECT: In the fire service, we take tradition very seriously. So, for the 5th year now, we are carrying on the tradition of selling our pink fire department shirts to you and raising money for the Amador Stars! All of the money that we raise stays here in Amador County, supporting those fighting cancer with transportation to and from appointments, support during the battle and other resources to help families during the fight.
To date, we have sold over 500 shirts and raised nearly $5,000. This year, our goal is to sell over 200 shirts. Help us support this great cause and get your shirt today! Each shirt costs only $15 this year, and these are the shirts that Jackson's bravest will be wearing for the month of October while on duty.
Order yours today! Click here to order online: https://www.booster.com/jfd2016
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UCC EXTENSION WILD PIG DAMAGE SURVEY - In managed rangelands and agricultural areas, feral or wild pigs are a significant pest species. However, estimates of total damaged area occurring on these lands are ill-defined and subject to a high degree of variability. Wild pigs can be important vectors of disease, can cause forage and crop loss and set up sites for erosion affecting water quality and allow invasive plant species to establish. They can also prey on livestock. The geographical extent of wild pig damage in California is currently unknown making it difficult to mitigate and manage losses, and estimate the economic impact on private landowners and public lands.
UCCE Livestock and Range Advisors and Wildlife Specialists need your help by filling out a short statewide survey on wild pig damage found at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=16522
The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Individual identities and survey responses will be kept confidential. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary.
In conjunction with the survey we have developed a smart phone or tablet app that will help landowners and managers identify and record feral pig damage so that we can estimate the land area and economic impacts of feral pig damage over a longer time period. If you are interested in participating in data collection using our mobile application, please fill out the survey and indicate your interest at the end.
If you have questions about the survey or would like a paper copy, please contact either UCCE Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor, John Harper, at 707-463-4495 or jmharper@ucanr.edu  or UCCE Wildlife Specialist, Roger Baldwin, at (530) 752-4551 or rabaldwin@ucdavis.edu  
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TAKE THE SURVEY! Dear Friends of the Arts, AmadorArts would like your input about current arts activities in our community!  Your valuable feedback will help us to improve existing programs and create new opportunities to engage in the Arts in Amador County.
Please take a few minutes to complete a Community Arts Survey through the link below.  It is only 15 questions and will take just a few minutes.  And, if you would like, we will enter you into a drawing to win Winefest 2016 Tickets as a Thank You for your time.
Click on the link below to start the survey:
Feel free to share this link with any of your friends who Heart the Arts as well,
And THANK YOU for supporting the Arts in Amador!
AmadorArts - Amador County Arts Council
11A Randolph Street
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685
209 267 9038
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"WOOD ANGELS provide free firewood to seniors, disabled, vets, and others in need who are having a hard time making ends meet.
Wood donations are primarily from private property owners
Wood Angels need to continue this service as the need is growing and they need monetary donations as well as volunteers, who are willing to split wood, stack wood, pick-up wood, and make deliveries of wood.
The group is totally volunteers, and no one is compensated for their time. All monetary donations go towards gas for pick-up/delivery, chainsaws, chains for chainsaws, splitter and splitter repairs, tarps, base rock for yard, pods for storing equipment at yards, new or used trucks for same.
Wood Angels have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firewoodangels/) and are in the process of developing a website
Thanks for the opportunity to share this very valuable service for the residents of Amador County. If you need any more information, please contact me (Nancy) at the info below. Again, thank you!"
Nancy Fort
(209) 295-4876 (office)
(209) 256-2226 (cell)
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A MESSAGE FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER: It seems there are always "stray" dogs at the shelter. Many dogs are found wandering by community members, others are picked up by AC.
Please, please, if your dog has gone missing call the shelter or better yet go to the shelter. Take them a flyer or a copy of a photo and description. Check back daily. Currently there are several "stray" dogs there. Big dogs and small dogs! If your dog (or cat) missing he might be waiting for you, alone and scared. (209)223-6378 12340 Airport Rd. Jackson
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GREEN WASTE DUMPSTER AT LOCKWOOD FIRE STATION: To assist the upcountry residents with keeping a defensible space around their homes, Amador Fire Safe Council working together with Farmers Insurance obtained a grant to provide a green waste dumpster at Lockwood Fire Station #151.
This is the second year this program has been available to those in the Lockwood Fire District area. Anyone can use the dumpster as long as it is only vegetation - pine needles, leaves and branches less than 2 inches in diameter. Due to the discovery of electronic waste in the dumpster, video cameras are now monitoring the dumpster and fire station area.
The dumpster is located at 23141 Shake Ridge Road, approximately 3 miles above Daffodil Hill. If you use the dumpster, please clean up after use and insure all vegetation is inside the dumpster. No plastic bags are allowed in the dumpster. We encourage everyone to use this free service to help keep your home safe.
For more information, contact Jackie Vaughn, Communications, Lockwood Fire Protection District, 209-296-5122.
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VIA UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Here's the information and application for the free low flow toilets & shower heads. Please read the requirements on "Eligibility" to be sure that you're a customer of one of the listed water agencies. Also, put your home address on the map by clicking on the "here" in the sentence "You can view a map of these areas here." Or you can call to verify that you're eligible. If you are, fill out and submit the information on the "Application" page. http://umrwa-conserve.org/
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FYI: The Office of Administrative Law approved the re-adoption of the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Drought Mortality Amendments. This emergency regulatory action readopts the 1038(k), Forest Practice Rule relating to the harvesting of dead and dying trees related to drought and bark beetle induced mortality.
The Department of Insurance completed the Home/Residential Insurance and Wildfire FAQs” document to provide information for homeowners experiencing cancellations or non-renewals, Fair Plan information and other pertinent homeowner insurance information.  The FAQ document has been posted to the Tree Mortality website.  See links.
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INTERFAITH FOOD BANK: Twice Monthly FREE Produce Distribution
Once again, the Interfaith Food Bank will be hosting the FREE Produce Distribution at St. Katherine Drexel Parish at 11361 Prospect Drive in Jackson (Catholic Center).
Qualified IFB clients will be allowed to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month through October 26, 2016.
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GALLERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek.
Every Saturday & Sunday the Gallery is staffed by volunteers from 11-4. You do not need to be an artist, just enjoy art and chatting with people
Call or email DeDe at 267-9850 or email: dederyan@sbcglobal.net
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NOTE FROM LYNN MORGAN (D3 SUPERVISOR): “...I received a notice from our General Services Director, Jon Hopkins, about how best to report unusual wildlife behavior.
There is apparently an increase in rabid skunks in our county. Though I hope you are aware that wildlife should mostly be left alone, not fed, IF you notice any wild animal acting strangely, especially during daylight hours when most stay hidden, please call Animal Control, 223-6378. Thanks and have a good week." -L
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rabies links and resources on CA Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/discond/pages/rabies.aspx
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THE LABYRINTH PROJECT - Have you heard about labyrinths? Do you wonder what they are? What they do? Why they are so popular? The Labyrinth Project has formed in Amador County and is looking for people who may be interested in learning about labyrinths and in being trained to become  a volunteer/docent for labyrinth walks. To learn more, contact The Labyrinth Project at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail the Labyrinth Project Coordinator at mvandermeer@norcalmha.org
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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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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 SCCBF’s goal for completion of this park is this 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.
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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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: https://www.healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/
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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 increase 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

AMADOR COUNTY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
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DICKEY’S NOW HIRING! Looking for enthusiastic, customer-service oriented people. Flexible hours. Come on in and apply! 12240 Industry Blvd, Suite 74. 209-223-2748.
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JOB OPENINGS: VICTORY VILLAGE: Are you interested in helping veterans? We have an opening for Outreach Specialist and Housing/Benefits Coordinator. Resumes can be sent to info@victoryvillageamador.org, dropped off at 12408 Kennedy Flat Road in Jackson or faxed to 209-223-2297. Please include a cover letter. For more information and job descriptions for the positions, call 209-223-2286.
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