Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hospice Annual Tree of Lights - Sun Dec 7

Two Locations for the Hospice Annual Tree of Lights! Come celebrate the joy of remembrance Hospice of Amador &Calaveras invites you and your family to join us in celebrating your loved ones during the holiday season.Our Calaveras event will take place on Saturday, December 6, at 5:00 pm at our Angels Camp Thrift Store, 570 N. Main St., Angels Camp. The Amador County event will take place on Sunday, December 7, at 5:00 pm at the Hospice Thrift Store, 10776 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Festivities for each location will include music, a candle lighting celebration, reading of names, tree lighting, and refreshments. A $10.00 donation can be made for each of your loved ones and a light will be lit in their honor. The names will be displayed at each store throughout the month of December. For additional information or to pick up a form please go by the Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Thrift Stores in either Jackson or Angels Camp, call the Hospice office at 209-223-5500 or 736-9442. You may also visit us online at or find us on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Travel with Amador Spanish students to see "El Teatro Campesino"

El Teatro Campesino presents LA VIRGEN DEL TEPEYAC - Travel to San Juan Bautista with Amador Spanish students and teacher for dinner and a great play at Teatro Campesino. Date to be announced.  Call Nora Coryell for details at 223-3322


Photo by Robert Eliason
El Teatro Campesino returns with its biennial spectacle of vibrant live music, sacral theater, and Aztec dance, “La Virgen del Tepeyac.” This special Christmas offering, adapted by Luis Valdez, dramatizes the four apparitions of Our lady of Guadalupe to the Indian messenger Juan Diego in 1531 in a joyous re-enactment of the miraculous events that inspired the religious rebirth of indigenous Mexico. Presented in Spanish with staging and a message that transcend language, the show runs November 28th through December 21st.
Director Joe Luis Cedillo returns to the director's chair for the 2014 holiday production after directing last year’s popular staging of “La Pastorela” for ETC. Noe Montoya, a forty year veteran of ETC, returns to the role of Juan Diego in a performance that has been beloved by audiences for years. The incomparable Stephani Garcia Candelaria returns as La Virgen to round out the all-star cast. The lead singer for rising-star Bay area cumbia band bearing her name "Candelaria," she has previously appeared in multiple ETC productions. This powerful combination of talent makes this year’s production a very special one, not to be missed!
Dynamic ticket pricing makes it possible to experience this beloved holiday spectacle, even on a budget. See the attached price grid for a complete list of dates, times, and ticket prices. "La Virgen del Tepeyac" opens the day after Thanksgiving, November 28th, and runs through Sunday December 21st/. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm and 7:30pmand take place in the Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Additional discounts are available to senior citizens 55 and older, students, and children. Priority Entry premium tickets are available for all shows and are the first ticket holders seated 30 minutes prior to performance time. Tickets are available online at Charge tickets by phone 24 hours a day/7days a week at 1-800-838-3006. For group sales, call ETC directly at (831)623-2444.
Join us for this one-of-a kind holiday theatrical experience in historic San Juan Bautista. The holidays are the perfect time to experience California’s “City of History.” Spend time walking the streets and parks, shopping at the many quaint stores, and enjoying delicious dining in one of the town’s award-winning classic restaurants!

"A Night in Paris" was a night of success!

Thanks to the generosity of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort and Volcano Communications Group, Amador County businesses, the attendees, the volunteers, and the entertainers, ACCF made $25,000 in net profit on A Night in Paris Gala. Merci Beaucoup! Below is a picture of Kids on Stage who performed at the Gala!

2014 Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Tues Nov 25

Sutter Creek Lions Club encourages public to participate in "Wreaths Across America", Ceremony planned for December 13

PGYCC: Brady’s "Spooktacular Halloween" at The Grove

On Friday October 31st Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp held a group of activities to celebrate Halloween. There was a costume contest held where the guys had to create their own costumes from whatever items they had or could acquire from staff. Seven came up with some very creative costumes. The teachers at Pine Grove U. were the judges of the contest. They said it was difficult to pick the winners, because they all did such a great job. Prizes were awarded to the top contenders.
We then had a pumpkin carving contest. Eight fire fighters participated in the contest using very creative ideas for their masterpieces. They used their own creative ideas as well as patterns to create some very spooky Jack O’ Lanterns. We then lit them up and had SYCC  Ehrhardt judge the contest.
We ended the evening by having  a Bingo Night followed by some wonderful cake provided by Crew 3 fire fighter Curtis; with some help from Chef Wilson . All that chose to participate vied for several prizes that were available to the winners. The evening was a success, and fun was had by all.
Michael S. Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
PO Box 1040
13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Rd.
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Division of Juvenile Justice
(209) 296-7581

fax: (209) 296-5241

Pictures and editorial by YCC Debby Brady

Monday, November 10, 2014

International Organization "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" seeks volunteer photographers

In 2005, one mother and one photographer connected to form a non-profit organization to provide remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby.  Since Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) was founded, over 12,000 volunteer photographers have been part of the network. The services reach families in every state in the United States and 40 other countries worldwide.
Current Focus
Our main focus is on the photo sessions for infants who have been or will be lost to critical illness or stillbirth. At the family’s request, one of our volunteer photographers comes to the healthcare facility and performs an onsite photo shoot. The photos are then professionally retouched and presented to the family in a DVD slideshow format with music as well as a CD of high-resolution images.
Services are provided directly to families. While the nurses and social workers are the ones who call us 90% of the time to let us know of a family that is in this situation, and to see if we have a volunteer available, they are simply the “go-between” to inform us there is a need, meaning we are not “vendors” of the hospital, instead we serve as guests of the patient just like chaplains and pastors.
Our affiliated photographers graciously donate their time and talents to the families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost.
We are hoping to find photographers in local counties who would be willing to volunteer.  Once we have photographers available, we will introduce our services to hospitals and physicians in the area.
Anyone interested in volunteering, and we need community volunteers as well as photographers, can call me at any time, 530 417-2112.  More information can also be found at
Linda Meadows
Sacramento-Area Coordinator
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras fundraiser big success, raises over $19K

On the evening of October 25th, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras held their 2nd annual Calaveras Live! variety show fundraiser at the Black Bart Theatre in Murphys.  The sold out event proved to be a big success for the agency, raising over $19k in donations to help them continue their hospice mission.   

The evening began with music by the Plan B Band and a wine reception featuring local wines and hors d'oeuvres, along with a raffle and fine art/antiques silent auction. Then each and every human emotion was touched as the audience was treated to an eclectic evening of entertainment that folks are still talking about weeks later. Hosted by Executive Director Dan Riordan, in a late-night comedic format, the crowd was in for some fabulous entertainment kicked off by a stunning performance by a special singing doctor, Dr. Ellen Edwards, and an amazingly talented jazz guitarist, brother Jack Riordan.  Those in attendance were then treated to a rare event.

Professional drummer and hospice patient Vic E. had a wish that he could leave a video for his 2 ½ year old son to enjoy when Vic is no longer here and Vic brought down the house with an emotional standing ovation.  Mark Dyken enchanted the audience telling a heartfelt story while methodically beating out the rhythm to a mesmerized house. The first act ended with a masterful performance by singer songwriter, Grover Anderson.

The second act was kicked off by Ed Stewart, co-founder of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) who delighted the crowd by coming on stage dressed as an elephant to share his beloved stories about his life with Pat Derby and about her passion for animal rights and his gratitude for the care shown to Pat by the Hospice team a few years ago.  Then a heartfelt video interview with hospice patient Clint and his wife Marcia was shown, sharing how very grateful they are for the care they are receiving from their hospice team during this very profound time in their lives.   Special Guest Star Las Vegas Headliner, Todd Paul was on fire with his absolutely inspired and hilarious performance from unicycles to card tricks to joke telling that had Riordan squirming in his seat.  The special night concluded with Riordan singing Try and Catch the Wind while a beautifully crafted Memorial Tribute Video including pictures of loved ones that were submitted by many who were in the audience that night was displayed across the entire stage backdrop.  Friends and guests alike left the theatre sharing hugs, smiles, tears and a lot of appreciation for the work that Hospice of Amador and Calaveras does in our community. Ron Regan of AssistCare Communities of Amador & Calaveras, one of the event’s major sponsors said “they were proud to be a sponsor for Hospice’s fundraiser and found the show to be spectacularly entertaining!” The event’s major sponsors who made $1,000 donations included: American Legion Ambulance Service, Barron’s Abbey Flooring & Design, and the Mark Twain Medical Center, and with $500 donations each: AssistCare of Amador & Calaveras Counties, Calaveras Lumber, Danielsen Construction & Energy Management, Edward Jones, Danelle Dix Financial Planner, and Kelly’s Backflow Services.

Riordan said folks can look forward to this annual special fundraising event so mark your calendars for the end of October to see what others are talking about and to support Hospice of Amador & Calaveras; trusted by physicians, patients and families for over 30 years in our community, providing quality end-of-life care to everyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.  If you would like more information about how hospice can help you, call Hospice of Amador & Calaveras at 736-9442 or visit them online at

Grocery Outlet's Annual Turkey Drive - Support the Interfaith Food Bank!

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 We have started our Annual Turkey Drive.

Once again, we have teamed up with the INTERFAITH FOOD BANK of Amador County to collect turkeys that will be distributed throughout Amador County,.

Just stop in and purchase a turkey donation card and we will deliver the turkey to the Interfaith Food Bank to distribute to local community members to ensure everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We have a turkey special this week (through November 11th),  our 10-12 lb turkeys are just $13.99.

But this week,  with a purchase of $30.00 (not including Beer/Wine or the turkey), you will save $5.00 off your turkey.  That's a turkey for only $8.99 each. For each $30.00 you spend, you can get a turkey for just $8.99, up to 5 turkeys.

Spend $30.00 - get 1 turkey for $8.99 each
Spend $60.00 - get 2 turkeys for $8.99 each
Spend $90.00 - get 3 turkeys for $8.99 each
Spend $120.00 - get 4 turkeys for $8.99 each
Spend $150.00 - get 5 turkeys for $8.99 each

So if  you are planning on donating a turkey, this is the perfect time.
Spend $60.00 and you can get a turkey for yourself for $8.99 and a turkey to donate for $8.99, now that's a bargain for everyone!  Just let the cashier know you want to donate a turkey to the Interfaith Food Bank and we will deliver all the turkeys directly to them.

Don't forget our 20% off WINE SALE starts Wednesday, Nov 5th.   Stock up for the Holidays!

Hope to see you soon,
Have a blessed week!
Jesse, Rhonda and Team
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Monday, November 3, 2014

PGYCC: Evan Wells' probation leads to future in oil rigging

Evan Wells knew jobs would be difficult upon his discharge but he was determined to have a plan.  He let his Case Manager, Bob Conrad, know he was interested in moving to North Dakota with his father and working in the oil fields upon his release to probation.  With information from Evan’s father, CM Conrad recommended probation allow him to go to North Dakota with his father and his backup plan was to return to Bakersfield with his step-mother.
Included in the paperwork Evan’s father sent was information showing the company did video conference job interviews for potential employees out of state. CM Conrad called the company and made arrangements for Evan to interview for a job.  The interview took place at camp.  Although nervous, Evan interviewed well and was told he would probably hear back from him the following week.
After the interview, CM Conrad followed up with a phone call to Evan’s Probation Officer to let him know of the interview and the possibility of Evan getting housing via the company if he got the job as an oil rigger.  This information was passed along in hopes that the judge would grant probation to North Dakota.  Although Evan was discharged and left prior to hearing back from the company, we will be following up with Evan and his oil rigger plans.

Sent by:
Mike Roots, Superintendent
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
Division of Juvenile Justice
(209) 296-7581
fax: (209) 296-5241

Evan did get hired and moved to North Dakota.  I have attached pictures of him in his work clothes and at his new house.
Evan said that his job is good and he gets to get extremely dirty.  They are paying him really good.  The company he works for is the biggest in the state right now and are willing to pay good money for those who love physical work.