Thursday, September 27, 2012

Free Senior Expo set at Jackson Rancheria - Tues Oct 2

JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will host a FREE Senior Expo on Tuesday, October 2 in the Hotel.

The Expo will feature opportunities to try, taste and learn about activities, programs and services available for seniors.

The event will feature free coffee and water, door prizes, and all participants receive a goodie bag with Free Slot Play and other items.

A complete list of vendors and more details available soon.

If you are interested in having a booth at this event, please contact Emily Tirapelle at

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. 800-822-WINN (9466),

Blue Shield of California Foundation awards $30,000 to Operation Care

Foundation recognizes Operation Care as vital member of California’s network of domestic violence service providers
Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) announced that it is awarding $30,000.00 in core funding to Operation Care to support their capacity to provide services and assist survivors of domestic violence (DV) in Amador County. The grant is part of the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen DV organizations in California and provide the working capital the field needs to respond to new challenges and opportunities.
“The ongoing work of Operation Care is integral to achieve our collective mission to end domestic violence in California,” said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of BSCF. “This flexible funding helps to sustain DV agencies and programs, and ultimately ensures that those most in need continue to have access to critical services.”
Across California, more than 100 DV agencies are engaged day-to-day in the struggle to serve and advocate for thousands of victims, survivors, and their families. Core support grants validate the essential role of these organizations and enable those working on the front lines to focus on achieving their mission.
“We are grateful for the support the Blue Shield of California Foundation has shown to victims of domestic violence throughout the state”, said Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director of Operation Care. “BCSF recognized Operation Care for our innovative ideas for prevention education. We are very proud of this, and will utilize some of the funds to further our education goals, while continuing to provide all the same services to our clients free of charge.”
As the state’s largest private funder of domestic violence services and prevention, Blue Shield of California Foundation is dedicated to ending domestic violence in California. Since 2002, Blue Shield Against Violence has invested over $36 million in DV services and prevention, including more than $14 million in general operating support for over 100 DV organizations across California. For more information, visit
Operation Care’s mission is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education to our community.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

TSPN INTERVIEW: Lynn Morgan, Upcountry Community Council

Tom Slivick talks with Lynn Morgan, Chairperson of the Upcountry Community Council.

(NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: You can view the happenings of the UCC at:

Pine Grove Youth Conservati​on Camp receives a visit from Russell's Kitchen

 Russell’s Kitchen, a grass-roots Christian outreach program from the Stockton area, has been a constant source of inspiration and enrichment at Pine Grove Camp during the past five years. Most members have had similar experiences as our youth fire fighters but have surrendered to a higher power and are eager to share their new lives. Their messages revolve around personal, real life stories which have the powerful ring of compassion and truth.

Panama, the group leader, keeps the pace fast and incorporates Christian rap to connect with our youth. Food is always a part of the program and a collaborative partnership between Russell’s Kitchen and Cynthia Wilson, Supervising Cook, has results is some amazing variations to our traditional menu. This time Russell’s Kitchen provided ice cream sundaes with numerous topping choices and we offered double cheese burgers, chips, and sodas. Past menus have featured carnitas tacos and spaghetti and meat balls.

While everyone is eating, Kitchen members engage in one-on-ones and small groups to form more personal relationships. Everyone is looking forward to the November program as it will feature a touch football game with, of course, tailgate food.

Photos & story by Lt. Wade Wayland

Mike Roots, Superintendent
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
(209) 296-7581.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rail Road Flat School hosts Oktoberfest - Sat Oct 20

Rail Road Flat School will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at the Rail Road Flat Town Hall.  We will be serving an authentic German-style dinner, which will include bratwurst, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh pretzels, apple crumb cake, apple cider, beer and wine.  Entertainment for the evening will include traditional Oktoberfest games and music and a dessert auction featuring homemade baked apple desserts.  Guests are encouraged to come in costume.

Doors will open at 5 pm and dinner will be served from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The price for dinner will be $20 per adult and $10 per child 12 and under.  Please purchase dinner tickets in advance.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

If you have questions about this event or want to reserve tickets, please contact Martha at 754-0205 or  Tickets can also be purchased at the school office.

Rail Road Flat Town Hall is located at 250 Rail Road Flat Road.

This is a fundraiser put on by the Friends of Rail Road Flat School to benefit 6th Grade Science Camp and the Rail Road Flat Pre-School.  Friends of Rail Road Flat School operates under the umbrella of Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council, a public benefit non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

AWA: Community Outreach Commitee - Thurs Sept 20

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE(Directors Manassero and Molinelli)
September 20, 2012
Amador Water Agency
12800 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, CA
2:00 p.m.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Members of the public will have the opportunity to directly address the
Public Relations Committee members concerning any item listed on the Agenda below
before or during consideration of that item
A. Discussion regarding community outreach opportunities

TSPN INTERVIEW: Dan Riordon, Director of Hospice of Amador & Calaveras

TSPN's Tom Slivick talks with Dan Riordon, Director of Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, about the upcoming Hospice 30 Year Celebration Picnic.

Upcountry Rotary Club: "Returning Veterans" - Thurs Sept 20

Returning Veterans speak at Amador Upcountry Rotary Club Meeting September 20, 2012.
Jason and Nicole Mulford will speak on “Returning Veterans” at Amador Upcountry Rotary Club weekly meeting Thursday September 20, 2012, 5:30-6:45PM, Gianninis Italian Restaurant, 19845 Highway 88, Pine Grove.

Many soldiers and veterans face serious problems; these include poverty, substance abuse, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and physical impairment. 

Many living in rural areas fail to get the help they need.  More and more the VA depends on non-profit service organizations to help care for the returning soldier and veteran. Attend and learn how we may be more involved in the care of our returning military. 

 For additional information, Contact Roberta Pickett, President, Amador Upcountry Rotary, 209-295-6493 or email her,

Friday, September 14, 2012

FACT's 3rd Annual Jackson Mid-Town Run - Sun Oct 7

Save the date!  Feeding Amador County Today (FACT) is holding its 3rd annual Jackson Mid-Town Run to raise money for the Amador County Interfaith Food Bank on October 7, 2012. Last year we had 190 participants and raised $21,000 for the Food Bank!  Let’s see how much more we can raise this year! 
There is a 5 K run/walk, a 10 K run, and a new and improved kid’s race!  Fun prizes and good “goodies” in the participant grab bag! 
Come join the fun and raise money for our friends and neighbors in need! Be sure and get that registration form in before September 24, 2012 to guarantee a really cool tee-shirt!  Registration forms and more information is online at

When: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Start/Finish: Sutter Amador Hospital
Huberty Way
Jackson, CA 95642
Check In: Race Day at 7:00 am
Race Start: 8:00 am
Kid’s Fun Run: 7:30 am

5 K Entry Fee: $25 includes T-shirt
10 K Entry Fee $35 includes T-shirt
Entry Fees increase $5 after 9/24/12 and we can not guarantee a T-Shirt
Kid’s Fun run is FREE with a nonperishable food donation (no T-shirt)
Registration: Please fill out the registration form and send to or drop
off at:

12180 Industrial Blvd., Suite 51
Jackson, CA 95642
(Amador Ridge Plaza—By Safeway)

Checks payable to FACT. We will accept registration forms on race day…Just can’t guarantee a T-shirt.


Contact Denise Schaad
at (209)256-1829 or Colleen Begovich
at (209)223-1618.
The Interfaith Food Bank will be accepting food donations at the race.

Bluegrass for the Moke: Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands - Fri Oct 12

More Bluegrass for the Moke! Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands in Concert on Friday, October 12

On Friday, October 12, Grammy-nominated bluegrass musician Laurie Lewis and her band, The Right Hands, will perform in concert in Mokelumne Hill to benefit efforts to save the Mokelumne River. The concert will be held at the recently renovated historic Mokelumne Hill Town Hall on Main Street, starting at 7:30 p.m. 

“It’s great to have Laurie return to Calaveras and bring her entire band to play a second benefit for the Mokelumne,” said Foothill Conservancy Vice President and sound guy Pete Bell. “Everyone really enjoyed Laurie’s show here last year. She’s a wonderful musician and long-time river advocate, and the band is amazing. Last year we sold out Laurie’s concert, so we’re urging everyone to buy tickets early so they get a chance to hear these great musicians and help the river.”

Laurie Lewis has entertained audiences around the world since the early 1980s as a solo performer, in a duo with Right Hand Tom Rozum, and with her band. Laurie and Tom were nominated for a Grammy in 1995 for their album “The Oak and the Laurel.” In addition to that Grammy nomination, Lewis also performed on the Grammy-award winning, 1997 album “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe,” and the Grammy-nominated Ralph Stanley & Friends’ release “Clinch Mountain Country.”

An exceptional fiddler known for her beautiful singing and rich songwriting, Laurie has twice been named “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association. IBMA executive director Dan Hays calls Laurie “one of the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time.” Acclaimed musician Sam Bush calls her “a great singer, terrific fiddle player, fine songwriter, and one very good band leader.” Tom brings fine tenor vocals to the group, along with expert licks on mandolin and mandola. His solo album, “Jubilee,” was released to critical acclaim in 1998. 

In Mokelumne Hill, Laurie and Tom will be joined by Chad Manning on fiddle, Patrick Sauber on banjo and vocals, and Sharon Gilchrist on string bass. Chad has won plaudits as the fiddler with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and is a much-sought-after teacher and session player. Patrick is a formidable banjo player who has recorded and performed with many artists, including Doc Watson. He plays with unusual depth and technical expertise, enriched by an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional music forms. Texas-native Sharon has performed with a number of great artists, including the Peter Rowan-Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, and Darol Anger. While focusing on the bass in the Right Hands, she’s also an accomplished mandolin player. 

Tickets for the concert are on sale now. Tickets for adults are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show. Tickets for children under 12 are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from High Sierra Tickets,, or the Foothill Conservancy. Refreshments, including wine and beer, will be on sale at the event. 

Links to videos of Laurie and Tom and information about the Mokelumne River can be found on the Foothill Conservancy’s website,   For more information, please contact Foothill Conservancy’s Randy Berg at 209-295-4900 end

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Master Gardeners: "Fall in the Garden" - Sat Oct 13

FREE Class:  Fall in the Garden, October 13th

Join Amador County Master Gardeners on Saturday, October 13 from 9am until noon for a class about Fall in the Garden.

Fall in a wonderful time in the yard and allows a more relaxed pace than the hectic summer season that just ended.  Gotta get those veggies in before the bad heat and after the last cold weather slides through.  Weeding, fertilizing, harvesting, and preserving means lots of intense work in a short period.  But during fall you can operate at a more leisurely pace, and there are some really fun things to do.  Drive around your community and discover where the color is and what’s causing it.  You’ll also need to check the local nursery for colorful fall plants.  Peruse the colorful fall foliage section in your Sunset Western Garden Book located in the front “Plant Finder” or “Guide to Plant Selection.”  If you don’t have these sections, maybe it’s time to buy the latest edition.

The actual fall work schedule does include cleaning up the vegetable garden and preparing it for spring or planting some winter plants.  Digging and dividing spring bulbs and hardy perennials also needs to be done.  But it’s so much fun to give away the extra plants to family and friends.  Or, call the local garden club or Master Gardeners to see if they can use them for their plant sales.  You can also get started on cleaning and storing your yard equipment and tools, too.

We’ll discuss all of these topics and more at this free class being held at the GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson.  For more information contact the Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email

Library Event: "Gourd Ornament Workshop" - Sat Oct 6

Event and News
Event:      Saturday October 6th     “Gourd Ornament Workshop” 
This is a fund raiser for the Amador County Library
Learn to make 4 gourd ornaments for any of the Holidays.
Cost:  $35 (tax deductible).  Make checks payable to:   The Friends of Amador County Library
Registration:  Now until October 5th at the library
Time:  from 10am to 4pm
Where:  Agriculture Center  12200B Airport Road, Martell, CA
There will be a $10 fee for all materials needed that day, paid to the gourd artist for all 4 classes.  Please bring an apron and small brushes if you have them.

News:  The Amador County Library now has WiFi available during our open hours.

Amador County Library is located at 530 Sutter St. Jackson, CA 95642    phone  209-223-6400

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ione Family Resource Center Open House - Tues Sept 25

Amador Flyfishers Meeting - Tues Sept 18

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) proudly welcomes expert fly-tyer and fisherman Jay Murakoshi on Tuesday September 18, 2012 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson.  Jay will provide a fly-tying demonstration beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by a 7:00pm presentation on Flyfishing for Large Mouth Bass.  With over 35 years commercial fly-tying experience, Jay Murakoshi is a popular speaker at fly-fishing shows, with his patterns and techniques regularly featured in numerous fly-tying and fishing magazines.  He also operates Baja Fly Fishing Adventures/Flies Unlimited specializing in fly-fishing classes and trips to Baja, Honduras, and Australia.  AFF meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers, share local fishing reports, and to support fishery conservation issues.  Visitors welcome - come join us! (

Contact Information: Ron Calvert,

FACL Fall Book Sale - Oct 12-14

The Friends of the Amador County Library will hold its Fall Book Sale on October 12,13 & 14 at the American Legion Hall at 12134 Airport Rd , Sutter Creek/ Martell at Hwy. 49 across from the Italian picnic grounds. Thousands of books, audio books and audio visual materials in every category will be sold at bargain prices.

Friday, Oct 12 4 pm – 7 pm (reserved for FACL members or those who join)
Saturday, Oct 13 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Oct 14 11 am – 3 pm (half off day)
Proceeds from the sale benefit the Amador County Library
For more information, contact Larry  at 209-274-2123

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fiddletown Community Center: Fiddlers' Jam & Contest - Sat Sept 15


On behalf of the Fiddletown Community Center (FCC), I want to thank you for your consideration for a  donation to our annual fun-filled Fiddlers' Jam & Contest. This year commemorates the 61st Anniversary of this wonderful Mother Lode event, which attracts spectators from Amador County and Northern California. Therefore, it also contributes to tourism. Along with musicians of all ages, there will be the 10th Annual Horseshoe Tournament, tours of historic Gold Rush buildings (including the Chinese Chew Kee Store & Museum), food purveyors, wine tasting of award-winning Fiddletown AVA wines, local artists, unique crafts, and a raffle. There will be a separate raffle of a $400 gas grill. Your continued monetary donation is greatly appreciated. YOUR support keeps the community center open.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, all-volunteer, philanthropic organization serving the residents of Fiddletown and surrounding areas. For numerous years the Fiddlers’ Jam & Contest has been our primary fundraiser. These funds help us with other events and are used to keep the FCC’s doors open for benevolent services by covering the cost of maintenance, ADA compliance, annual insurance and taxes. Currently, our hall’s roof is in need of insulation, which will greatly reduce utility bills and make the building usable year round. Through the personal time and professional talents donated by our great volunteers, your dollars will go much further to fulfilling this necessary improvement period.

The Fiddletown Community Center is an essential part of what makes Fiddletown a strong, connected community. Its services include a free public library; meetings addressing fire safety, animal evacuation, County health and safety services, and outreach programs; GED certification tutoring, Food Bank distribution, fundraisers, and affordable venue for weddings, anniversaries, and family reunions; a safe place for children waiting for drop off/pick up for school, the yearly Halloween party for children, and the Thanksgiving gathering open to the entire community.
In these difficult economic times, we are especially grateful for your support. Our grand celebration is Saturday, September 15th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is FREE. Please come on down with your entire family and fiddle around in Fiddletown. 

Please send donations to the address as listed below.


Kim Combs
Donation  Coordinator
PO Box 236
Fiddletown, CA 95629
(209) 296-1119

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
IRS I.D. 94-2881873