Saturday, March 30, 2013

Water-wise Gardening – Sat Apr 13

Convert Your Front Yard to a Garden and Use Water-wise Plants

Forty million acres here in the United States are devoted to turf grass, an area almost the size of the country of Greece. We irrigate these lawns with an estimated two trillion gallons of water each year, which is three times greater than the amount of water used on the nationʼs cornfields. Here on the West Coast alone, 60% of our water use goes toward watering lawns. Monetary costs for keeping these residential green carpets weed and pest free are staggering with an estimated $25 billion spent annually, much of it to spread 70 million tons of fertilizers and pesticides.

Residential homeowners, however, have choices about what happens on the land we own and care for, specifically our front yards. We can ask ourselves what purpose our lawn serves and move toward a more sustainable front yard that attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Removing that front grass lawn lets us decorate with delicious edibles interspersed with vibrant drought-tolerant plants. Not only will we reduce our water consumption when we tear out thirsty grass and replace it with food, but also weʼll play an important role in preventing pesticides and fertilizers from entering into water sources.

Learn how to convert your front lawn to a more sustainable oasis as Amador County Master Gardeners present information about this topic as well as drought tolerant plants and University of California Arboretum All-Stars. The Arboretum All Stars feature 100 flowers, shrubs, and trees that are low maintenance, drought tolerant, or attract beneficial wildlife. The free class is open to the public and is being held on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to noon at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson. Some plants will be available for purchase.

For questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from
10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838, or email

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Woman's Club of Jackson - Fri Apr 5

The Woman's Club of Jackson cordially invites all Women of Amador County to our Friday, April 5 luncheon meeting. Our Guest Speaker is Debbie Robinson.  Volcano Theater is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary.  Debbie will discuss the production process at Volcano Theatre from selecting a play that meets the Community interests, audition, making costumes and fund raising.

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, #10 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.

Next  month, members are encouraged to bring guests to the luncheon meeting.  Your Guests will have a Free Lunch.  This event is to encourage more membership.
 Join us as we listen to Debbie Robbinson speak to us about the Volcano Theater.
 Don't forget to bring your donations for The Food Bank.  

Take care, and see you soon!


"Golden Nuggets" Senior Singles

GOLDEN NUGGETS SENIOR SINGLES – Founded to enrich the life of senior singles, offers fun and friendship to members.  Meets at 10AM the second Wednesday of every month at Pine Grove Mobile Home Estates, 14074 Irish Town Road, Pine Grove.  The club offers a variety of activities and events, welcomes visitors, and is always seeking new members.  Past club events have included a trips to wineries and farms, hikes, luncheon cruises, barbecues, potlucks and tours. For future activities and further information e-mail or contact Shirley at 295-2992.

Friday, March 22, 2013

ARTICLE: "Feral Freedom" - APAL Humane Society

Community Cats are controversial for sure – people either love them or hate them. A-PAL Humane Society has followed programs in Florida, San Jose and Sacramento County and City shelters by taking trapped cats turned in at the shelter and spaying or neutering them, notching their ear for identification and giving them a rabies shot and returning them to their colony.

Each year our shelter staff had no choice but to kill hundreds of these cats and they have made it clear they would love to never do this again. Our Amador County Shelter staff loves animals and most of the feral cats turned in at our shelter are healthy and obviously being fed by compassionate people.

What other communities discovered is that the catch and kill system simply does not work because other cats move in and they are not sterile so the colony continues to grow. Because cats are territorial, these cats keep others away so with aggressive trap, neuter and release, the colony numbers decrease and cat problems go away.

Yowling, spraying and fighting are all behaviors associated with intact cats. In nearly all cats, these behaviors disappear when they are sterilized.

A-PAL is asking for compassionate colony feeders to jump in and trap, neuter and release for free. Reproducing, free roaming cats is something no one wants especially when we can solve the problem with just a little effort.

These abandoned domestic cats deserve the chance to live out their lives, so please if you have feral cats, trap, neuter and release to prevent further overpopulation and suffering.

A-PAL Humane Society
P.O. Box 190
Jackson, CA. 95642

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Home Tour Tickets Go On Sale This Friday

The 41st annual Home Tour, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Amador Branch, will take place in the historic Gold Rush town of Jackson.    The theme of this year’s home tour is “Jackson Rediscovered.”
Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour and will be available starting March 15 at the following Amador County outlets:
§  Ione – Clark’s Corner
§  Jackson – Main Street Designs
§  Pine Grove – Pine Cone Drug
§  Plymouth – Amador 360 (formerly Amador Wine Shipping)
§  Sutter Creek – Bubble Gum Book Store
Tickets will be available on tour day at 159 Main Street Jackson from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Tickets by mail order may be purchased until April 10. Mail checks to AAUW Home Tour, c/o Sarah Hart, 19974 Jesus Maria Road, Mokelumne   Hill, CA 95245.

Proceeds for this tour are dedicated to scholarships for local girls.

Visit  or  for more information about the Home Tour, including a list of restaurants in Jackson that will offer lunch specials on tour day.
To be on the Home Tour mailing list or for more information about the Home Tour or AAUW, contact Lani Chapman at (209)245-6052 or

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp visits Black Chasm Cavern

The fire fighters at the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp were provided a well deserved break from fire fighting duties and community service projects during the week of Feb 18 to Feb 22.  While their Cal-Fire Captains participated in annual training, the guys were allowed to relax and decompress before ramping up for the 2013 Spring Exercise, which mark the beginning of the fire season.

Fire fighters at Pine Grove who have demonstrated an exceptional ability to adhere to the program requirements in all four phases of camp (Fire crew, Treatment, Group living and Education) are designated as “A-phase.”  In recognition of their exceptional performance, A-phase guys are rewarded throughout the year with A-phase activity, both on and off camp grounds. 

Eighteen A-phase fire fighters went on an excursion to the Black Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmark in neighboring Volcano, California.  They were provided a special 50-minute guided tour of the Black Chasm Cavern, traveling several hundred feet into the cave where they viewed rock formations and an underground lake which occurred naturally over the course of tens of thousands of years.  Many youth had no idea what the difference between a stalactite and stalagmite was; let alone having the opportunity to view these geographic formations up close. The Black Chasm Cavern also has one of the largest formations in North America of helictites, a rare geographic formation occurring in less then 10% of all cave worldwide.  They were able to explore several different chambers in the cave with a variety of different rock formations with comical names such as “bacon,” “angel wings,” “drapery,” and straws.”

The youth and staff of Pine Grove left the Black Chasm Cavern with many answer and several new questions….eager for the next A-phase excursion to another new adventure.

Editorial by Case Manager Ingman

Friday, March 8, 2013

Amador County Recreation Agency - Wed Mar 13

Amador County Recreation Agency

Board Meeting
810 Court Street Jackson, CA
Board of Supervisors Chambers
March 13th 2013
2:00 p.m.
Mission Statement:

“ACRA shall maximize recreational opportunities for all residents of Amador County through sustainable planning,
financing, facilities, operations and programs.”

Agenda Items:
1. Call to Order
Roll Call
2. Meeting Agenda Approval

Approval of agenda for this date and all off-agenda items must be approved by the Board as per government code 549854.2

3. Review of previous minutes
Review minutes from General Meetings January 2013, February 2013.
4. Public matters not on the agenda
Discussion items only, no action will be taken

Any person may address the Board at this time on any subject within the jurisdiction of ACRA. There is a five (5) minute time limit.

5. Presentations & Introductions
6. Closed Session

Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release: Pursuant to Section 54957
(No additional information is required in connection with a closed session to consider discipline, dismissal or release of a
public employee. Discipline includes potential reduction of compensation).

7. Consent Agenda

8. Discussion Items

Budget Report - Discussion, Possible Action
JPA Updates continued - Discussion, Possible Action
Revise JPA - Discussion, Possible Action
BINGO - Discussion
Mollie Joyce Cost Estimates - Discussion, Possible Action
Mollie Joyce Caretaker - Discussion, Possible Action

9. Director’s Report & Discussion
Park Maintenance, Grants, Programs, Donations
10. Board Member Reports
11. Adjourn Regular Meeting

Staff Contact: Tracey Towner
Parks and Recreation Director
Amador County Recreation Agency
10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek CA
PHONE: (209) 223-6349 FAX: (209) 257-1409

Next Meeting: April 10th 2013

Posted: Amador County Unified School District, 217 Rex Ave., Jackson, Amador City Hall, Jackson City Hall 33 Broadway, Jackson, Sutter Creek
City Hall, Main Street Sutter Creek, Plymouth City Hall, Main Street Plymouth, Ione City Hall, Main Street Ione, Amador County Government
Center, 810 Court Street Jackson, 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek;

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting contact staff, at (209)
223-6349 or (209) 257-1409 (fax). Requests need to be made as early as possible, at least one-full business day before the start of the meeting.
Timely notification will assure accessibility to this meeting.

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras County Awarded Top Rating by Independent Examiner

Amador and Calaveras County —The Arc of Amador and Calaveras has been recognized as “exemplary”
in its service to community members with developmental disabilities and given the highest level of
accreditation by CARF International, an independent accreditor of health and human services.

CARF International announced The Arc of Amador and Calaveras has been accredited for a period of
three years for its Employment Support, Job Development, and Community Integration programs. The
latest accreditation is the ninth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting
body- has awarded - The Arc of Amador and Calaveras.

“To receive the Three-Year Accreditation, The Arc was put through a rigorous peer review process,” said
Executive Director Shawnna Molina. “The Arc staff demonstrated to a team of surveyors during a two-
day on-site examination our commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable,
accountable, and of the highest quality.”

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras received an “Exemplary” grading in Community Integration, designed
to help consumers meet their personal, social, and vocational goals to live successfully in the

“The Arc’s consumers are active partners and leaders in determining the activities they participate in,”
said Molina. “Thank you, Amador and Calaveras County businesses and community members. Continued
community support empowers our consumers and staff to develop a wide range of programs that
enhance quality of life and promote community inclusion -- which translates to The Arc’s international
recognition of success .”

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is a nonprofit organization with offices in Sutter Creek and San
Andreas, CA. The agency was formed in 1978 by community members and families to provide support
and services to persons with developmental disabilities so they can better live, work, learn, and recreate
in the mainstream of life.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to help organizations measure and
improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation
process, programs, and mission please visit The Arc’s website at .

For additional information, contact Shawnna Molina, Executive Director at 209.267.5978 x24.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Creative Curriculum Ideas and Resources Workshop - Tues Mar 19

Creative Curriculum Ideas and Resources - Workshop
Tuesday, March 19
6:00 - 8:00 pm
If you need some fresh curriculum resources, new ideas, and new craft projects to make for Spring… join us! Come and learn new ideas on how to implement these resources into your child care programs or home, and make some of these ideas yourself in this interactive, hands-on, make-and-take workshop! Your child care parents will thank you for offering their children a high quality program! Please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624, for location information and to RSVP. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Amador Flyfishers - Tues Mar 19

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) invites you to meet Craig Nielsen on Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 6:00pm 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 Craig’s presentation of "Shadow of Shasta - the Best of the Best".  Learn the fly patterns and techniques for mastering Shasta-area streams such as Fall River, McCloud River, and the Upper and Lower Sacramento River.  Craig Nielsen is the owner/operator of Shasta Trout, a fly-fishing guide service for northern California waters.  AFF meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers, share local fishing reports, and to support fishery conservation issues.  Drop in and check us out - visitors welcome! (

Contact Information: Ron Calvert,

e-Waste Collection Fundraiser - Sat Mar 2


Please help the 6th graders of Pine Grove Elementary

9:00am - 2:00pm
K-Mart Parking Lot

Pre-collecting NOW Broken/Used Monitors, TVs, Laptops, Printers, Stereo Equipment, Microwaves, VCRs, Printers, Copiers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Vacuum Cleaners, Small Household appliances (toasters, blenders, waffle makers., etc.)

NON-ACCEPTED ITEMS:  Large Appliances, Paint, Car Batteries, Lights, Used Oil and Any Other Hazardous Waste.

Call Wilma @ 209 304-2007
or email

Raffle for Home Tour Opportunity Quilt held Sat Apr 20

Home Tour Opportunity Quilt
Symmetry in Motion
The 2013 Home Tour queen/king-size Opportunity Quilt is titled, Symmetry in Motion, and is made from the Stonehenge Collection of fabrics.  The intricate design appears as an on-point square surrounding a pinwheel.  Various shades of earthy colors, including grays, blues, golds, and rusts with a neutral background will fit many decors.  The quilt measures approximately 99"x111."
Symmetry in Motion was constructed by Aieleen Parker, Marylyn Copper, Barbara Garcia, Sarah Dougherty and Sue Harrington. The quilting was donated by Cheryl Ehlman.    
Tickets, $1 each or 6 for $5, are available for purchase from any AAUW member, or at the Home Tour Tea on April 20.  100% of the monies made from ticket sales will go to scholarships.  The cost of tickets is tax deductible.
The drawing for the winning ticket will be held at 3:30 pm.  The winner need not be present to win.