Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Amador Lifeline shares comments/testimonials

In December 2012, Amador Lifeline was able to share the Christmas spirit with our Amador Lifeline clients by delivering 71 fabulous Christmas baskets and gift bags full of goodies and useful items donated by the Sierra Belles of Amador County organization!  Each one of the 46 gift baskets were prepared by a member, who all told us the project brought them much joy, happiness and Christmas spirit. In addition, the Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild ladies donated their time and the materials to prepare dish towels, dish cloths, lap blankets, and toiletries in cute bags for our clients.  About 25 of those Christmas gifts were also delivered.  

Not only did our clients reap the rewards in this endeavor, so did our staff and volunteers! Amador Lifeline’s 7 volunteer installers wore Santa hats and delivered the gifts in their ‘sleighs’ on wheels.  The result was many smiles, much cheer and great appreciation.  The volunteers had fun, and the clients were thrilled.

Amador Lifeline is so grateful for the community’s support in gifting seniors who may be insolated, without close family, having chronic health issues or with very limited finances.  At Christmas time they are often a group of people who are forgotten.  In 2012, they were not! The Sierra Belles have already asked if they can “Give Again” in 2013! Other organizations have asked to be involved also!

Here are a few of the grateful comments we’ve received:

“It came at the right time to get my “drooping” spirits lifted!  I’ve heard of the Sierra Belles [for years], but thought of the group more as a social group.  Little did I realize they ‘gave back’ to the community in such a thoughtful and loving way.”  

“I was surprised to receive a large Christmas bag delivered to my door.  I decided that Christmas had come early to my house, and one by one opened the many useful gifts inside.  I am recovering from an illness, and spend much of my day in my recliner chair.  The puzzles in [this] book help me pass the time in a very enjoyable way”

“Nothing like this has ever happened to me before with such a wonderful array of gifts.  I can’t begin to tell you how much happiness that brought me.  I am still overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness for you to do such a wonderful thing.” 

“That is so kind of you to give this gift.  I wish to thank each of you for sharing your lovely work with me.” 

“What a lovely idea – to honor your seniors with a nice Christmas gift.  Believe me, it was surely appreciated.   Thank you so much!”

“I just loved the useful items, and was just on my way to purchase a new toothbrush and paste, and here it was in my Christmas bag!  Loved the blanket, which my cat just loves, the gloves and all.”

“Thank you for the nice gift.  It was a pleasant surprise.”

“That is so kind of you to give this gift.  I wish to thank each of you for sharing your lovely work with me”

“Hello!  An elf rang my doorbell and brought me a big basket of goodies!  Thank you so very much.”

Christmas Gift Giving to our Amador Lifeline Clients!

Graciously donated by both the Sierra Belles &

American Sewing Guild, Gold Country Chapter 

Free Class on Living in the Forest/Defensible Space Landscaping - Sat Feb 2

Amador Master Gardeners Janice Johnson and Cathy Koos Breazeal are offering a free class
combining Living in the Forest and Defensible Space Landscaping.

This class is open to the public and will teach you how to be a good steward of your property by keeping your forest healthy. Learn why you should clear brush and thin trees, and how to recognize some common pests and diseases of conifers and oaks. Learn about the wildlife that share the forest with you and how to live in harmony with them.

Cathy Koos Breazeal is also Executive Director of Fire Safe and will tell how you can save
your home and neighborhood from wildland fire, help you retain your fire insurance, and may be able
to save you money with a Defensible Space.

Join us Saturday February 2nd, 9am to noon, at the GSA Building 12200-B Airport Road, Martell.

For more information contact Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email

Woman's Club of Jackson - Fri Feb 1

The Woman's Club of Jackson cordially invites all Women of Amador County to our Friday, February 1st luncheon meeting. Our Guest Speaker is Laurie Webb, Executive Director of the Amador County Senior Center. Laurie will speak about the services offered by the Senior Center including Care Giver Support, Health Care Services, Legal Information provided by local Volunteer Lawyers, and Income Tax Preparation, special events.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and a delicious lunch is served at 12:00 for only $7.00. We meet at the Native Son's Building, Excelsior Parlor #31, on Court Street (up from Main Street downtown Jackson). Join us in friendship meeting friends, learning new facts. For more details, or to RSVP, please telephone Barbara Fogg 223-4193 or Jane Gleason 223-4092.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Operation Care "Color Madness Fun Run" - Sat Feb 2

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) Meeting - Tues Feb 19

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) welcomes Ernie Gulley on Tuesday February 19 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson.  A fly-tying demonstration will begin at 6:00pm, followed by our 7:00pm general meeting and Ernie's presentation, "Crowley Lake Fly Fishing Tactics".  Ernie is well-known in southern California as one of the principal fly-tyers and class instructors for stillwater tactics.  Come hear his tried and true methods that have made him a decorated winner of past Crowley Lake flyfishing tournaments!  Ernie now guides in the Eastern Sierra, specializing in stillwater flyfishing both Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir.  Amador Flyfishers convenes the third Tuesday of each month to meet popular flyfishing guest speakers, share fishing experiences, and support fishery conservation issues.  Visitors welcome - drop in and check us out! (

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Soroptimist Tea and Tiara's and Fashion Show - Sat Feb 23

Soroptimist Tea and Tiara's and Fashion Show

Adults $25.00   Children under 10 $15.00

February 23rd 2013
at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center
975 Broadway, Jackson

Door open at 1:00pm with seating at 1:30pm


Soroptimist High Tea and Fashion Show

Adults $30.00   Children under 10 $15.00

February 24th 2013
at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center
975 Broadway, Jackson

Door open at 1:00pm with seating at 1:30pm

Tickets or Information Call or email:
Connie (209) 223-0374

Improving the lives of Women and Girls in our Community and around the World

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Volunteer Training at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park ( Chaw'se) - Tues Feb 5

Volunteers Needed at Indian Grinding Rock SHP
Come to the February 5th training and join the park docents

Pine Grove— If you’d like to get involved with Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, now is a good time to volunteer. The park has scheduled docent training for February 5 from 10 AM to 3 PM for people interested in working at the park as school tour guides, museum workers, and interpretive assistants. Pre-registration is required by January 28. Contact Wendy Harrison at to sign up at:

Every Fall and Spring, 4th graders from throughout the region tour Indian Grinding Rock to learn about the park’s unique cultural and physical history. Volunteer docents lead small groups of students and their teachers around the park’s reconstructed Miwok village, including a visit to the actual grinding rock, the largest of its kind in the nation.

Tour guides escort the students to the Miwok Roundhouse, which is used by Native Americans for dancing and ceremonial events. Docents help staff the Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum where they explain various Miwok artifacts and demonstrate how they were made and used. Many docents enjoy working and maintaining the park’s garden that contains native plants used by the Miwoks for a variety of purposes.
Docents also have access to the park’s exceptional library on California Indians, have free use of the park, and can earn passes to other California State Parks. Docents meet on the first Saturday of every month to learn more about the historic Miwok way of life and how to help visitors understand the park’s many unique
features. Volunteers must complete the park’s training before they can serve as docents.

Space is limited, so please contact Interpreter Wendy Harrison to reserve your spot no later than January 28: or (209) 795-7980.
The training will be held in the park’s museum and may involve some walking.
Attendees should dress comfortably and bring a brown bag lunch.
For more information, call 209‐296‐7488 or drop by the park and talk to one of the staff. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine Grove‐Volcano Road, Pine Grove, CA 95665.

Girl Scout Cookies for sale now!

Daisy Troop 485 in Jackson is taking orders for Girl Scout cookies in Amador County!
Contact Dianna DeWeese 209-256-6925 or email: to order and for more info!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Farms of Amador Planning Meeting - Mon Jan 14

Farms of Amador Planning Meeting

Monday, January 14th

9 a.m. to 12 noon

Amador County Agricultural Office 12200-B Airport Rd in Martell 

RenĂ©e Mikkelsen has been contracted to facilitate this planning session. 

Refreshments will be provided.

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you are enjoying  these first few beautiful days of the New Year.

Over the past year, Farms of Amador has worked toward:

-        Securing an educational Community Radio station for our region

-        Promoting, implementing, and sustaining school gardens by working  with Amador County Schools

-        Promoting the Amador County Farmers' Market

-        Scheduling the January 14th Planning meeting to determine next  steps for 2013

Our immediate goal is to determine what you, the members, need and want from  Farms of Amador to have it work for you. During this meeting, we will discuss and plan:

-        Activities on which to focus and related funding requirements

-        How the organization can best serve members

-        How members can best serve the organization.

Your input and attendance is very important in planning the future of Farms of Amador.

Thank You,
Sean Kriletich, President
Farms of Amador

The Farms of Amador (FOA), a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation established in 2004, exists to serve FOA members. As stated in the FOA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the FOA purpose and mission statements read as follows:

Purpose: The specific purpose of FOA is to assist local agricultural producers market their products. (Articles of Incorporation)

Mission: FOA is a countywide marketing and education organization whose mission is to increase the sales of local agricultural products.

Amador Fire Safe Council Board of Directors - Wed Jan 16

Amador Fire Safe Council Board of Directors Meeting

"The mission of the Amador County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of Amador County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation, and action."

AFSC, P O Box 1055, Pine Grove, CA 95665 – Phone: (209)295-6200

Meeting Agenda

January 16, 2013
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell

Call to order
Approval of Agenda (Action)
Approval of Minutes December 19, 2012 (Action)
Treasurer’s Report (Action)
Executive Director Report
AFSC invoices confirmation (Action) (see reverse side)
Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
• Lookout Tower
• Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees
• Employee Handbook Review Committee
• ACCG Report – Cornerstone Project update

Old Business (discussion and possible action)
• Pine Grove CCWPP Steering Committee/Work Group Report
• Tiger Creek RAC project status
• High Country CWPP status
• Sherwood project status
• Firewood Bank disposition; truck status
11. New Business (discussion and possible action)
• Proposed Committees (C Koos Breazeal)

Public Comments
Next meeting, February 20, 2013
Closed Session

Job Announcement: Playgroup Coordinator in Amador County

The Resource Connection is recruiting for a Playgroup Coordinator for our program in
Amador County. This position is responsible for implementing a monthly work plan,
activities, education, along with physically setting the program up and taking it down
daily. Min 2 yrs. exp. working with children/adults, AA Degree with 24 ECE units
preferred. CA Health & Safety and CPR/First Aid Certificates preferred. P/T, 20 hrs. per
week, M-Th to start immediately. Ability to pass criminal record check required. Salary

Submit employment application, resume and cover letter by FAX to (209) 754-4014 or
EMAIL to or mail PO Box 919 San Andreas, CA 95249 by the end of
business day 01/16/2013.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Resource Connection - Classes in Jan & Feb

Family Child Care Licensing Orientation
Thursday, January 10
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider? You must attend a Licensing Orientation. Pre-registration and payment is required. This is the only in-person Orientation that Community Care Licensing will be conducting in Amador County, for the rest of the year. Please join us!
To RSVP, and to get more information regarding payment and location, call The Resource Connection at 223-1624.

PITC: Understanding Children’s Behavior
Thursday, January 17
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Presented by Infant-Toddler Specialist Charlotte Beck. The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach equates good care with trained infant/toddler care providers who are preparing themselves and the environment so that infants can learn. For care to be good, it must explore ways to help infant/toddler care providers get "in tune" with each infant they serve and learn from the individual infant what he or she needs, thinks, and feels. Through this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of behavior after exploring topics of Emotional Development, Responsive Caregiving, and some of the underlying causes of behavior. This workshop is free. To RSVP and for location information, please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624.

Let’s Move! Child Care
Thursday, February 21
6:30 – 8:30 pm
This workshop will introduce Let’s Move! Child Care, a new effort to work with child and day care providers to help our youngest children get off to a healthy start. Everyone has a role to play in ending childhood obesity, and child and day cares are certainly no exception. By providing a solid checklist on healthy nutrition, physical activity and screen time, we all can help take more responsibility for the healthy habits of our kids.
Participants will learn the 5 Goals of Let’s Move! Child Care, including - physical activity, food, beverages, infant feeding, and screen time…                       and will receive tools and resources to implement Let’s Move! Child Care into their programs. This workshop is free. To RSVP and for location information, please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624.

Grandparent Respite Child Care: For Grandparents Who Are Raising Their Grandchildren
Are you a grandparent raising a grandchild? This program can help you with Respite Child Care. This Respite program is designed to provide temporary relief for the grandparent from the ongoing responsibilities of caring for their grandchild. The Resource Connection can pay for up to 16 hours of licensed child care, per child, per month. The Resource Connection also provides trainings and discussion groups for grandparents, which provides resources to help the Grand-family with the basic coping strategies to take care of both grandparent and grandchild. For more information on the Respite Program or Grandparent Support, please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624.

Toddler Playgroup
Free to children ages 0-5 and their Mom, Dad, Grandparent, Or Caregiver. All Playgroups are 9:30 to 11:30 am, and follows the 2012 – 2013 Amador County Public Schools Calendar. Located at a different location throughout the county, Monday through Thursday. For more information, please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624.