Saturday, December 8, 2012

Amador County Recreation Agency - Wed Dec 12

Amador County Recreation Agency
Board Meeting
810 Court Street Jackson, CA
Board of Supervisors Chambers
December 12th 2012
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 September 2012, October 2012.
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
7. Consent Agenda
A.
Letter of support:
B.
Letter to Bank:
8. Discussion Items
Budget report
Discussion Possible Action
Prop 40 Closeout and Final Accounting
Discussion Possible Action
HUB
Discussion Possible Action
i.
Budget
ii.
Rental Agreement
iii.
Acknowledge Donations
iv.
Establish a ‘building committee’ establish hours and use policy
One board member, two staff, two volunteers, two youth
D.
Maintenance Management School Report
Discussion
E.
Mollie Joyce Park Maintenance Management Plan
Discussion Possible Action
F.
Grants Update
Discussion
9. Director’s Report & Discussion
Park Maintenance, Grants, Programs,
10. Board Member Reports
11. Adjourn Regular Meeting
Board of Regents
ACRA Accounts
Action
Action
A.
B.
C.
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
OFFICES CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 21, Thru JANUARY 8th, 2013
Next Meeting: January 9th 2012
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.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sutter Creek Post Office offers special Sutter Creek stamps

Please stop by the Sutter Creek Post Office and stamp your greeting cards with our special Sutter Creek Holiday Greeting stamp.  The stamp is available for your use M-F 9:00-4:00 PM

The Amador County Dachshunds will be entering in the Sutter Creek Parade of Lights.

We would love for you to join our group.  The Parade is Sat Dec 15.  We will be meeting behind the Sutter Creek Post Office at 5:30 PM Just dress your little one warm and put some lights on them or on the leash (battery operated). We have a lot of fun and they are the hit of the parade!

For more info contact:

Debbie Baker- 267-0128
Or Jan at Canine Clippers   223-5658

Thanks,

Debra A Baker
Postmaster  EAS-18
Sacramento District
3 Gopher Flat Rd
Sutter Creek  CA  95685
Office:  209.267.0128
Cell:   209.351.0011
Fax: 209.267.9206
debra.baker-snow@usps.gov

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CLASS: Holiday Desserts - Mon Dec 17

When: Monday, December 17th Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Amador High School Culinary Room Cost: $35
Each student will make their own fudge and peppermint bark to take home for the holidays!
12 Spaces Available. Pre-registration required.

The perfect Christmas gift that keeps on giving! If you would like to purchase this class as a gift for someone, we will give you a festive printed out voucher to present to them

For more information call the ACRA Office at (209) 223-6349 and ask for Jessie or email jlarsen@amadorgov.org

Sutter Creek's 6th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 15

Sutter Creeks 6th Annual Parade of Lights
Saturday December 15th  201126:30 pm
Main Street Sutter Creek
Sponsored by the Sutter Creek Business & Professional Association
Visit www.suttercreek.org for more information or call 209-267-1344

Sutter Creek comes alive in twinkling lights on December 15th, as everything from cars, mail trucks, school buses, horses, dogs, people, marching bands, baton twirlers, and more, are decorated in twinkling lights and parade down Historic Sutter Creeks' Main Street beneath the moonlight on a crisp December evening. Everyone is invited to come down and watch this magical parade. Children and adults enjoy this evening of old fashioned hometown fun.

Main Street itself is beautiful to behold. All of the wonderful, historic Gold Rush buildings are decked out in Holiday splendor, with twinkling lights and wreathes. Bubbles float down from the American Exchange Hotels' balcony and give the feeling of snowflakes. Vintage lighted Garland sways high above over Main Street and the classic Store front windows are decorated and displaying unique gift ideas.
The parade starts at 6:30 on the North end of Sutter Creek and will last about an hour and a half. There is plenty of parking downtown, just don't park on Main Street, so everyone will have a good view of this wonderful parade! Remember to dress warm. Come early and enjoy the old town Holiday charm of Sutter Creek.

For more information visit www.suttercreek.org




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hay Rides Cancelled at Jackson Rancheria for This Year

JACKSON, CA - The Jackson Rancheria Tribe of Miwuk Indians has reluctantly announced that there will be no Holiday Hay Rides on the reservation this year.

“Although we know that the Hay Rides have become a popular tradition with thousands of people,” explains CEO Rich Hoffman, “we have two other major projects underway this year and simply cannot free up the resources to produce the extravagant Hay Ride experience we are known for.”

The first project involves plans for an enormous Grand Opening Celebration to mark the completion of extensive renovations.  After several years of construction obstacles, moving entrances and gaming areas, venue closures and openings, the caution tape will soon be coming down and it will be time to replace the hard hats with party hats.The celebration features music, food and over $600,000 in prizes, including a House, five brand new Cars, and large amounts of Cash and Free Play.

The other more long term project is the Amador County Park Restoration Project. This commitment by the Tribe to restore every single park and field in the county is a massive project involving many, many volunteer hours, equipment, and funds from employees and community individuals. The Park Project has already completed renovations to Mollie Joyce Park in Pine Grove and improvements throughout the town of Volcano. Detert Park and Aime Field in Jackson are the current focus of efforts, which will continue throughout the winter.

With the Grand Opening Celebration and the Park Restoration Project underway, the resources are simply not available to adequately provide the almost four months of effort it takes to put up the over 2.5 million lights for the Hay Rides, manage the actual rides (including food and beverages, traffic control, security and so much more), and then take down the lights.

So Jackson Rancheria is taking a break from the Hay Rides for this one year. The plan is to bring them back next year, even bigger and better.“We know our guests will enjoy the all new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, and the people of Amador will appreciate the efforts of the Park Project for generations to come,” added Rich. “We regret not being able to produce the Hay Rides this year, but wait until you see what we do next year, Rancheria Style®.”

Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit JacksonCasino.com.Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

5th Annual Amador County Thanksgiving Day Feast - Thurs Nov 22


5th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast
Thanksgiving Day, Nov 22
Amador American Legion Post #109 in Martell/Sutter Hill
FREE all you can eat traditional Thanksgiving dinner! Gifts, clothing, children's events.
All are welcome!
Sponsored by the Amador American Legion, Community Hope and Calvary Chapel.

Jackson Rancheria to Host Open Casting Call for "The Amazing Race"

JACKSON, CA – The All-New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will host an Open Casting Call Event for the hit CBS reality show, The Amazing Race. Celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Casino Resort and try out for your team spot. You could be next to win $1,000,000!

Where & When:
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Open Call from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel

Special Early Bird audition times available. Participants can book a room at the Hotel for Tuesday, December 4, and receive a special VIP package that includes 2 Early Bird Audition passes good from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., special room rate of $99 for 2 people, breakfast for 2 and 2 coupons for Free Slot Play or Match Play. Visit JacksonCasino.com/Entertainment for details.

Participant Guidelines: 
·         All Amazing Race participants will appear in teams of two
·         Both members of each team must be 21 years or older at the time of application
·         Both members of each team must be United States citizens and be living in the United States 
·         Both members of each team must be in excellent physical and mental health 
·         Both members of each team must authorize Producers to conduct a background check

What Will Producers Be Looking For:
Show Producers are looking for a diverse group of men and women who represent a broad cross-section of American society. Our competitors will be in good physical health. Our competitors will also need to be in good mental health so that they will be able to cope with the extreme change in environment and the tension of the competition. 
Contestants will be selected based on the following traits: 
·         Strong-willed 
·         Outgoing 
·         Adventurous 
·         Physically and mentally adept 
·         Adaptable to new environments 
·         Interesting lifestyles, backgrounds and personalities  

The prize for this competition is $1,000,000, but this prize money will not come easily. Competitors must be willing to commit to traveling to remote locations for approximately four weeks. Contestants will be filmed up to 24 hours a day by television camera crews to be broadcast on national television. This is reality television. They will be traveling to different countries competing in challenges against other teams under sometimes difficult and unfamiliar conditions.
Additional information can be found on CBSsacramento.com.

About The Show:
The Amazing Race is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan, which pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1,000,000.
The 21st season of The Amazing Race is currently airing on the CBS Television Network on Sundays at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit JacksonCasino.com.
Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian Tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the Tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2013 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program - March thru June 2013

2013 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
16 Fridays, March 1-June 28, 9am-3pm, Jackson, California
                              
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening and landscaping.

Who Can Apply?Any resident of Amador or El Dorado County for the 24 available openings in the training program.  First priority is for Amador County residents.
Residents of El Dorado County will train in Amador County but will be El Dorado County Master Gardeners.
Applicants need internet access. Most communication will be through email and websites.  Weekly class quizzes and homework will be online.

How to ApplySign up on our MG Training interest list at  HYPERLINK "http://ucanr.edu/be_mg" http://ucanr.edu/be_mg.
Attend one of our two Master Gardener orientation meetings to learn about the Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, and your participation requirements.  These meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, November 28 and Friday, November 30, from 9-11am at the GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson. Please RSVP to 530-621-5528.

Schedule an interview at the orientation meeting and get the link to the online application.
Complete and submit the online application by Friday, December 14, 2012.

What We’ll DoReview applicants.  Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) passion for helping home gardeners, 4) experience successfully gardening.
Conduct interviews during January.  We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status.
If you are accepted, we will email you a Live Scan form and list of Live Scan locations. A background check, including fingerprinting, is required to become a Master Gardener.  We will also offer a Live Scan session at the Amador UCCE office in February.

Teach you how to garden successfully. Topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable and fruit gardening, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques.
Provide you with plenty of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer Training ProgramBy January 25, 2013 pay course fee of $185 online or mail a check made payable to “UC Regents” to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.
By February 22, mail the Live Scan form completed by the Live Scan operator to Robin Cleveland at the above address.
Attend 16 classes on Wednesday, February 27 and most Fridays, March 1 through June 28, 2013, from 9am-3pm in Jackson.  Only one class may be missed.
Answer gardening questions at farmers markets, at the county fair and other local events, at the Master Gardener office, at the upcoming Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, or at public classes.  Help with program activities offered through a variety of internal committees.
Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually.
Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions).
Attend your county’s monthly MG Continuing Education meetings as often as possible. 

What You’ll GetFive University of California publications including the California Master Gardener Handbook; discounts on other UC publications.
Certificate of Completion of Class Instruction after completing the 16-week training program and passing the take-home, open-book examination. 
Monthly Continuing Education meetings with speakers and activities on in-depth gardening topics.
Frequent notifications of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities and other program information.
Annual recertification as an active MG after you post online at least 50 Volunteer hours by June 30, 2014.  (Future years’ annual requirements are 25 Volunteer and 12 Continuing Education hours.)
Joy and satisfaction that you're helping other gardeners grow more nutritious vegetables and fruits, you’re making new friends, and working with others to help create a more sustainable environment.

For more information, contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 or rkcleveland@ucanr.edu.

Sutter Creek Old-Fashioned Christmas Open House 2010

Find the spirit of Christmas in a beautiful, historic Gold Rush Town. Wonderfully lighted, historic Sutter Creek invites everyone to come to town for an Old Fashioned Christmas Open House on December 7th & 8th. On Friday December 7th at 6pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus come down Main Street to light the Community Tree and begin the festivities. A beautiful horse drawn Carriage will give free rides on Main Street, Father Christmas and Charles Dickens characters stroll Main Street, music fills the air and the downtown Merchants will keep their doors open late with refreshments and goodies for all. There will be many activities for the children, including photos with Santa. Join us on Saturday December 8th for entertainment, free carriage rides and fun on Main Street.  In the evening at 7 pm is the beautiful Las Posadas Candlelight walk along historic Spanish Street & Main Street. Join Joseph & Mary along their trek to Bethlehem holding candles and singing carols. These free events will spark the Christmas Spirit in everyone! For more information call (209) 267-1344 or visit us at www.suttercreek.org.


 




Mother Lode Harvest Open House - Sat Nov 17

Mother Lode Harvest, a local food and farm products association, is having an Open House at the farm of one of its producer members on Saturday, November 17. Carolyn Boyd of Butte Mountain Farm in Jackson is hosting the Open House from 12 to 3 pm, with a work party for producers and other members who like to get their hands dirty, so to speak, preceding it from 10 am to noon. This is a great opportunity to tour Carolyn's diversified farm-- seeing the lambs, chickens, and vegetable garden-- and learn about her growing methods. There will be hors d'oeuvres of local foods, information about the association, and products for sale. Other participating growers will be on hand to meet members and answer questions.
This event is free, and open to the public and all MLH members. Butte Mountain Farm is located at 17336 Butte Mountain Road in Jackson, 3 miles from the junction with Clinton Road. Rain date is Saturday, December 1. For more information, call Carolyn Boyd at 223-4814, or contact Customer Coordinator Michelle Grondin at 419-2503, or email motherlodeharvest@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

6th Annual Parade of Lights - Entry Deadline is Fri Nov 30

It’s that time again!!  Come join us in this fun event!

Pay attention to the date for this year…..it’s on the 3rd weekend so Sutter Creek can have the first Friday in December for their Open House, and the Parade of Lights is the following weekend.

Just lands on the calendar funny again!

Hope to see all of you….and I hope that the rain holds off for at least one more weekend for us again this year!

Toni Linde
(209)  256-1750
 







































Historic Downtown Jackson welcomes the holiday season with Annual "Christmas Delights" Open House - Nov 23 & 24


HISTORIC DOWNTOWN JACKSON WELCOMES THE HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH ANNUAL “CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS” OPEN HOUSE
 

Gather up the family, invite your friends and neighbors, and join the community as the spirit of the holidays brightens downtown Jackson, California’s annual Christmas Delights Open House! The festivities will be held on the evenings of Thanksgiving Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24 from 6-9 p.m.
 
Meet in front of the Jackson Fire Department at 6 pm Friday for Santa’s traditional lighting of the town Christmas tree and antique fire truck ride down Main Street to the newly renovated historic National Hotel. Santa will be in the hotel lobby for visits and photos from 6-9 pm Friday and Saturday, and Meghan O’Keefe will entertain little ones nearby with her “Elfin Christmas.”
 
Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be running both evenings on Main Street, Mrs. Claus will be at Hein and Company bookstore reading holiday stories to children, and Father Christmas, Merry Holly, the Outlaws and Old Dawgs, and other costumed characters and little elves add that special sparkle to Main Street.
 
Friday evening, families can take photos with Great Pyrenees dogs, graciously provided by the Great Pyrenees Club of California. Holiday fun and activities on both nights will include carolers and an old-fashioned organ grinder, a cookie contest at 148A Main Street (Jackson Business and Community Association), and face-painting at Davenport Properties.
 
The whole family will enjoy the cheerful holiday atmosphere as Jackson’s downtown merchants pull out all the stops to make this year’s Christmas Delights something special indeed!  In addition to keeping their doors open after hours on both nights and offering refreshments, shopkeepers will offer holiday specials to visitors browsing through festively-decorated gift shops and specialty stores!
 
"I'm just so excited about this year's Christmas Delights,” said Event Chair Gale Fairbrother. “This year the merchants on Main Street and the JBCA are really going all out to make it something special. We hope everyone will come down to Main Street and enjoy all the fun, goodies and activities of this wonderful, time-honored tradition!”
 
Start off your holiday season with Christmas Delights, a treasured downtown Jackson tradition. Sponsored by the Jackson Business & Community Association, www.VisitJacksonCA.com, and hosted by Jackson’s downtown merchants. For event information, contact Event Chair Gale Fairbrother at(209) 256-2556
 
For information on lodging and dining in Jackson, www.VisitJacksonCA.com or contact the Amador Council of Tourism at (877) TOUR-AMADOR (868-7262) ; www.touramador.com or the Amador County Chamber of Commerce at (209) 223-0350www.amadorcountychamber.com


Master Gardeners: Free Pruning Class - Sat Nov 17

Free Pruning Class

For those of you who missed the August class, we will be repeating the Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic:  Sataurday, November 17, 2012 @ 10AM @ the Senior Center in Jackson, 229 New York Ranch Road.    The fruit trees are located around in back of the building.  This is a free class – open to the public.

Receive instruction, hands-on experience, and answers to your questions.  If you have them, bring pruning shears and loppers.  If not, we’ll have extras.  Based on extensive research, the UC Cooperative Extension now recommends fruit tree pruning in the late summer and fall.  This allows you to train young trees, maintain tree height, and improve the availability of light for lower fruiting wood.

Master Gardeners are available from 10am until 12 pm Tuesday through Thursday at the Ag Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson, CA.  Phone with message machine:  223-6857.  Website:  cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu, click on Master Gardeners/Home Gardening and select Amador County.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Save the Date : AAUW Home Tour "Jackson Rediscovered" - April 20, 2013

Home Tour
Sponsored by the Amador Chapter of AAUW

Jackson Rediscovered
Saturday, April 20, 2013
 
Visit some of Jackson’s Historic homes,
the recently restored National Hotel,
and the Kennedy Mine Office.
More information to come later.

Monday, October 29, 2012

CAL FIRE: Burn Restrictions Lifted in AEU

Camino - On Tuesday October 23rd, at 8 am, the Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) of CAL FIRE will rescind the burn restrictions due to the current and expected weather pattern which will allow homeowners to properly burn their debris piles that have accumulated over the summer.  Unit Chief Kelly Keenan cautions “if the weather does a 180° turn and it heats up and dries out the vegetation, we could end up suspending burn permits again.”

Door-yard burn permits, aka Residential Landscape Debris burn permits (LE-62A’s), will still be required until the end of fire season has been declared but burn permits can be obtained for FREE at most of your local fire stations.  Daily the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE will determine “burn/no burn day status”, so please make sure you call the burn information line immediately prior to burning.

Amador County (209)223-6246    §  El Dorado County (530)621-5897   Sacramento County (916) 874-4800   §  Alpine County (760) 872-8211

Safety Tips for Burning:
  • Make sure your pile(s) are no larger than four feet by four feet in size,
  • Scrape a ten foot wide ring around each debris pile down to bare dirt,
  • Have a shovel and water supply (charged hose) close by to use in the event your fire escapes from the pile,
  • Make sure an adult is in attendance until the pile is completely extinguished.
For additional information on burning safely, defensible space and other fire and life safety topics, please visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.  Thank you.

University of CA to host Forest Landowner Workshops: Learn how to pass on your “Ties to the Land” to the next generation - In Jackson Nov 13

South Lake Tahoe, CA, October 25th, 2012: The University of California is hosting a two-part workshop series on succession planning to help forest landowners learn simple techniques to pass their land and its legacy on to the next generation. The first workshop is being offered at 7 locationsthroughout California. In the central Sierra Nevada, workshops will be held in Auburn on October 30th, Jackson on November 13th, and Sacramento on November 15th. All workshops will be held from 6 to 8 PM.

During this first workshop, participants will learn the steps needed to plan for passing land along to their heirs. An important first step in this process is clarifying the current owners’ goals and values for their family forest or ranch. This allows landowners to start the discussion with heirs about their long term vision for the property. Participants will also learn about the financial impacts of ownership transfers across generations. This first round of identical workshops is being held before the holidays, to allow time for families to get together during the winter holidays and discuss their goals.

The second workshop will be held after the holidays and will cover the financial and legal approaches and  tools such as trusts, limited liability companies, and easements used in succession planning as well as specific planning approaches used to manage land and resources. Dates and times of the second workshop will be announced later.

The workshops will use a curriculum developed by Oregon State University called “Ties to the Land”. The goal of the workshops to help empower forest landowners to pass on both their land and their vision and passion for it to the next generation.

Registration for the workshop is $25 per family to cover costs of the family workbook and DVD. Multiple members of each family are encouraged to attend both workshops. If family members do not live in the same location, they are encouraged to attend the workshop lcoation nearest to them as the curriculum will be the same at each location.

For information on registration, locations of the central Sierra workshops or the entire workshop series, please see the University of California Forest Research and Outreach website http://ucanr.edu/tiestotheland/ or contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or sdkocher@ucanr.edu.

Haunted Dungeon - Wed Oct 31

Haunted Dungeon - Wed Oct 31 from 6-9PM
Sutter Creek Auditorium
Go underneath the Sutter Creek Auditorium on a frightful tour, or take the less terrifying tour if your a little squeemish. This Haunted Dungeon is the best in the county!
Proceeds are donated to local charities.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jazz and swing dancing comes to Volcano - Sat Oct 13

An evening of jazz and swing dancing to the music of the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra begins at Armory Hall in Volcano, 6 p.m. on October 13. The dance is scheduled to last until 10 p.m.
Dancers will glide to the music of the 1920s and 1930s across the broad, smooth, refinished floor in the town’s renovated hall. Throughout the evening, complementary and tasty hors d’oeuvres will circulate, and a bar will offer champagne cocktails, wine, beer and sodas.
The Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra is an 11-piece dance orchestra in the style of famous 1920’s hotel bands. It was formed in 2008 and features some of the area’s top local and professional musicians. Organizing the band are Steve and Jeff Chambers who are both former members of world famous Royal Society Jazz Orchestra .

Tickets are $15 per person and $25 for couples; youth ages 17 to 10 are $10, and children under 10 are admitted free. A complementary libation at the bar is offered with each ticket purchased.

This is the second in a series of concerts and dances planned for Armory Hall in Volcano. They are scheduled every other month and are held by the Volcano Community Association as benefit concerts for the town’s Scholarship Fund.

For more than 10 years, Volcano high school graduates who continue their education at an accredited university, college or trade school or in military service, have been presented an equal portion of the Scholarship Fund at the town’s summer pot luck.

Dances at Armory Hall are a renewed tradition that goes back to the early years of the 20th century. Folks, young and old, would gather at the hall for dances every month, enjoy a supper at midnight, then dance again until the sun came up. The current program ends at a more reasonable hour.

Tickets are available at the door and advance tickets are available at the Amador County Chamber of Commerce on Main St. in Jackson and at The Country Store in Volcano.
For particular information, telephone 209-296-1569 or 209-296-8002. Information about the concert program can also be reviewed on Facebook: Volcano Armory Hall.


Central Sierra 4-H Celebrates National 4-H Week October 7-13

October 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and Central Sierra 4-H is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

To celebrate National 4-H Week, 4-Hers across the region are wearing the 4-H shirts to school, visiting
with their Board of Supervisors, and helping out in their communities.

I am a 4-H volunteer because of “My interest in youth becoming future leaders and as a role model for my
own children during their 4-H years; To show how we should care about our community and give back
what we can to our communities.” said El Dorado County 4-H Volunteer Lorraine Larsen-Hallock.
Recent findings from Tufts University's 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young
people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in
4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult
mentoring that 4-H'ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In
El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties, more than 1,000 4-H members and 150
volunteers are involved in 4-H.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a
single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day. The 2012 National Science
Experiment, 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the
environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. El
Dorado County 4-H held their event last Saturday on October 8th and was attended by over 60 youth.
4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through
obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live.

Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at 4-H.org/revolution, or contact your local 4-H
Program Representative at University of California Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra at
http://ucanr.edu/centralsierra4-h.

Contact:
Jennifer Goerlitz
Amador County 4-H
(209) 223-6484

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Farms of Amador Dinner: "Permaculture Techniques for Improving Production in Gardens and Small Farms"- Thurs Oct. 25


Please join us in Amador City for a fun and informative evening on Thursday, October 25th.  Farms of Amador's 2012 Fall event will feature a dynamic speaker, excellent food, good company and lively ambiance.  This year's speaker will be Tom Wade, a farmer and storyteller from Nevada Co who uses Permaculture techniques to make the most of his own farm and to help others plan for improving production on their farms.

The cost for the event is just $10 which includes dinner, or $5 if you bring a dish to share.  Last year's event was a huge success, we filled the community hall to bursting and all those in attendance had a wonderful time, so if you can please RSVP we would appreciate it.

Who: Tom Wade a renowned storyteller, farmer and permaculture designer will share his knowledge with all those interested in having a great time while learning how to maximize production on their farm, ranch or
garden.
What: Local Food Dinner at 5:30p.m., Informative and Entertaining Speaker at 7:00 p.m.
When: Thursday, October 25th starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Amador City Community Hall, 14531 East School Street Amador City, CA 95601
Why: Because we could all use a community gathering and more information about how to make our farms and gardens more productive.

Cost: $10 per person or $5 if your bring a dish to share.


Tickets can be purchased on-line at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/283371

or for questions or RSVP please contact
info@farmsofamador.com or (209) 402-7801

Please bring your own place setting in an effort to reduce waste.

See you on the evening of October 25th for Farms of Amador's 2012 Fall
Event featuring a presentation by Tom Wade on Permaculture Techniques for Improving Production in Gardens and Small Farms

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bakersfield Man Wins $85,364.08 at Jackson Rancheria

JACKSON, CA – George Zaninovich of Bakersfield started October off with a bang, winning $85,364.08 while playing on a progressive slot machine at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. George won his jackpot on a dollar Double Diamond 3X 4X 5X Progressive machine on Monday, October 1.



He is among several big winners at the Casino, including two $100,000 winners, since the majority of the resort’s renovations have been completed. “We are pleased to add George to our list of big winners,” said CEO Rich Hoffman.

“Our players are enjoying the newly renovated casino, including new restaurants, a luxurious High Limit Room, wider aisles, new games, and of course big jackpots like this one. And we’re all looking forward to our Grand Opening starting November 1.”

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit JacksonCasino.com. Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.###

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CAL FIRE: 2 Ways Out Can Save Your Life

Camino – “Knowing 2 ways out of every room in your home may save your life during a house fire. It’s not just knowing two ways out of your home, typically that is easy, but do you have two ways out of every room in your home and can you safely use each exit?” asks Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE. Chief Keenan adds, “If not, then you need to create a plan, share this plan with everyone living in your home, and most importantly, practice your plan with your family during daylight hours and in the middle of the night since 50% of fatal home fires occur between 10 pm and 6 am.”

Here’s how to begin:

Sketch a floor plan of your home and indicate with arrows two ways out of every room.

Have a flashlight or headlamp next to each bed in case you need to exit your home in the dark.

Walk through the plan with everyone you live with including visitors.

Make sure you have one “meeting place” for everyone to go to after they have exited the home. Never go back inside a burning home for anything, leave that to the firefighters.

Call 9-1-1 once you are OUTSIDE the burning building, calling from inside the home wastes valuable time that you need to escape.

Purchase escape ladders if you have a two or three story home and know how to use them safely.

Post your plan in a prominent place such as your refrigerator door.

Practice your plan during the day and again at night. Do this a minimum of twice a year.

If you have small children, disabled or elderly individuals, make sure you have a plan for their escape. Add ramps and other equipment if necessary. Several years ago an 83 year old woman died of her injuries because she could not safely escape from a house fire. She used a walker and had no ramps to the deck off her bedroom, so she was forced to walk through her home which was on fire. Firefighters found her deceased outside her home.

Keep in mind, small children often hide when they get scared, so practice the exit drill more often so that they are comfortable with the idea. Don’t forget to Crawl Low Under Smoke while exiting your home, sleep with doors closed, have a smoke detector in each bedroom, in main hallways and on each floor.

For more information please visit CAL FIRE’s website at www.fire.ca.gov or call 530-644-2345 to receive free fire and life safety information.

Chris Anthony
Battalion Chief
Fire Prevention/Law Enforcement
Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit
CAL FIRE
(530) 708-2720

October at the Amador Flower Farm!

October events at the Flower Farm, plus our 16th Annual Fall Festival, Sat & Sun Oct 6 & 7





Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two competitors from Ko Sutemi West in Pine Grove win silver and bronze medals in 16th Irish Cup

Rhonda and William Lashbrook from the Ko Sutemi West in Pine Grove joined the AKJU Team America International Competition team for the 16th Irish Cup, held Dublin Ireland on Saturday, June 23rd 2012.  The 16th “Irish Cup” was held in Dublin’s National Basketball Arena, This is a multi-style event catering to Karate and JuJitsu, but it is open to all styles of martial arts. The competitors had the opportunity to compete in Grappling, Individual and team Katas, Individual and team Sparring, Weapons and Self Defense.

This year the team consisted of 23 competitors. The team had another outstanding day bringing home 27 Gold, 19 Silver and 18 Bronze medals; as well as 2 Grand Championships.


Rhonda competed in Kata and won a Silver medal. William competed in Kata and also won a Silver Medal. William also competed in Team Sparing and won a Bronze medal.

The A.K.J.U. TEAM AMERICA and A.K.J.U. ALL AMERICAN is a non-discriminating Certified Federation recorded with the United States of America, State of Ohio, Office of the Secretary of State, which is open to all styles, age and belt rank, giving them the opportunity to travel and compete internationally and still remain in their own Dojo system of Federation.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

14th Annual Sutter Creek Blues & Brews Festival - Sat Sept 29

14th Annual Sutter Creek Blues & Brews Festival - Saturday September 29 from 5pm – 9:30pm 

Brought to you by the Sutter Creek Business & Professional Association
Sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Casino

Everyone is ready to get down with Blues Rock and Classic Blues at the 14th Annual Sutter Creek Blues & Brews Festival, coming September 29th. Two fabulous blues bands will be on hand to get your feet moving and grooving from 5pm until 9:30pm that Saturday night.

With only 500 tickets available and the tickets are going fast. This favorite event will feature two Blues andBrews Gardens showcasing the rockin’ blues of the Brad Wilson Band and the classic blues of The Bad Catz. Come down and relax for a while under the stars, as the music takes you away.

At both venues, blues lovers can chill out with micro brews and classic brews: such as Stella Artois, Shock Top, Kona Long Board, Sierra Nevada and Bud Light AND we will be pouring wine in both of the gardens. If you prefer the wine, just buy the $15 ticket and purchase wine by the glass inside the Festival Gardens. There will be non-alcoholic beverages provided as well. And when that hunger pang strikes…….there will be some delicious food there to satisfy your needs. Hay bales will be provided for seating, but you can bring your own chair as well.

Only 500 tickets will be available for this fun event, so don’t wait!!! Visit www.suttercreek.org for more information. Tickets are $25 which includes: Two Bands, Classic Commemorative 14 oz Beer Mug, 5 great brews, and free water and sodas. $15.00 tickets are if you want wine or just to be a designated driver and enjoy the world class music… but you still get to enjoy both venues with two professional Blues Bands, free sodas and water. Tickets available online at www.suttercreek.org or at J&D’s Steak House 36 Main Street in Sutter Creek (Open Mon-Sat), Sutter Creek Visitor Center at 71A Main Street, or you can call 209-267-1344 to reserve your tickets today by credit card and pick them up the day of the event.

Hot Blues, Cool Brews on tap September 29th in Sutter Creek!
Don’t miss this one…..it will be the best yet!

Brought to you by:
The Sutter Creek Business and Professional Association
Sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Casin
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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 mgamador@usdavis.edu

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Amador Flyfishers - 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! (www.amadorflyfishers.org)

Contact Information: Ron Calvert, rcalvert@amadorflyfishers.org

Improving the Regional Food System - Niche Meat Marketing Workshop and Dinner- Mon Sept 17

I hope you are all enjoying these final days of summer as the light fades and the melons, apples and pears ripen.  I am writing to inform you about the Niche Meat Marketing Workshop coming up on the afternoon
of Monday, September 17th.  This is a free workshop open to all.  So if you are a livestock producer, quality meat consumer, chef, restaurant owner or farmer's market goer, this workshop will provide you with
useful insight and information.  What kind of information, the kind we need to make our local and regional food systems more vibrant and robust.
Not only is this workshop free, but it will be followed by a excellent free dinner.  All you need to do is RSVP by this Friday, September 14th. Thanks for your interest in making the Central Sierra Foothills a
healthy and fun place to live!

Sean Krielitich

WORKSHOP INFO:
The Amador Resource Conservation District (ARCD), in collaboration with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is hosting a Niche Meat Marketing Workshop on September 17, 2012, from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m.  The workshop will feature Sierra Nevada foothills farmers Dan
Macon (Flying Mule Farm), Dan Port (Winterport Farms), and Sean Kriletich (Paloma Pollinators), and is designed for those interested in becoming local meat producers, or perhaps just learning more about the
behind-the-scenes work of a local farmer.  A free grass-fed beef dinner will be provided to all workshop recipients who RSVP by September 14,
2012 (dinner available for $10.00 per person without RSVP). Workshop attendees are also welcome to stay after dinner and attend the Central Sierra Livestock Processing Committee meeting, where members will discuss the possibility of starting a regional meat processing facility in the area.
The workshop is being held at the Amador County Health and Human Services Building, 10877 Conductor Boulevard, in Sutter Creek, CA.  To RSVP, please send an email to arcd@amadorrcd.org or call 209-223-6543.
AGENDA:
1.              2:15 – 2: 25 p.m.       Welcome and introductions - Dan Port, Director, Amador RCD
2.              2:25 – 3:25 p.m.        Raising and Direct Marketing Goats, Sheep, and Mutton - Dan Macon, Flying Mule Ranch
3.              3:25 – 3:35 p.m.        Break
4.              3:35 – 4:05 p.m.        Co-operative Local Marketing - Sean Kriletich, Paloma Pollinators
5.              4:05 – 4:15 p.m.        Break
6.              4:15 – 5:15 p.m.        Raising and Direct Marketing
Beef
       Dan Port, Winterport Farm
7.              5:15 – 5:30 p.m.        Questions and Comments From The Audience

Monday, September 10, 2012

Big Weekend for Winners at Jackson Rancheria

Jackson, CA –  The winners were at Jackson Rancheria this weekend as three lucky but shy players took home over $160,000.The winning streak started on Friday, September 7, when a Mountain View man hit the jackpot on a nickel Golden Theater Deluxe Fusion slot machine for $100,000.The winning continued throughout the weekend, culminating with two more big jackpots on Sunday.

A woman from Sloughhouse won $32,939 on a dollar Bonus Bells Progressive slot machine and another from Sacramento won $30,737 on a Pot o’ Gold Progressive machine. Jackson Rancheria’s average slot winnings on 1,500 machines total over $2.5 million daily and over $900 million annually, making them the loosest in the area.The Casino is nearing the end of extensive renovations and making plans for an enormous Grand Opening Celebration with over $2,000,000 in prizes.

Check JacksonCasino.com for details as they become available.Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. 800-822-WINN (9466), JacksonCasino.com.

Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.

Via Citizen report: "Scare Ware" scam

Greetings,

Last month one of my clients received a call from someone (with an "Indian accent") who said "you are sending virus out of my computer, and they could help since they were a Microsoft Certified company". (They implied they were a Microsoft Company.) Let us log into your computer and we'll help you. (Also, have your credit card ready!)

This is the company:
http://24sevenpccare.com

$250 later, the computer was saved! Hallelujah! But then they called a few days later to extract another $50. This is when I was called. I told her to cancel the credit card transactions with this company and I removed all of their "scare-ware" from her computer.

Another client related a similar story to me last week, and they contacted me before doing anything. I said "don't do anything, it's a scam!"

Last Friday I'm at work and who calls...the same guy from India! This is where I confirmed the company and website behind this "scare-bully" tactic.

Bottom line, if you receive a call from someone who says you're infected, get their phone number to call them back, write it down, hangup, and throw the paper away!

Call or email me if you have any questions.

Bob Greene
bobg@GreeneComputer.com
209-560-6556

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

POSTPONED: Rainwater Harvesting Workshop – Sept 22

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop scheduled for tomorrow, 9/22/12 has been postponed.  A new date has not been set but I will let you know just as soon as it is. - Sean Kriletich


Rainwater Harvesting Workshop – September 22nd, 1 to 5 pm
Wouldn't you like to utilize the rain that falls on your house, field or shop to grow your garden, recharge groundwater or provide fire protection?  On Saturday, September 22nd from 1 to 5 pm, the Amador Resource Conservation District presents a workshop on rainwater harvesting and storage.  The workshop will be taught by Sean Kriletich, a foothill farmer and agricultural consultant, with first hand knowledge and experience with a variety of rainwater harvesting scenarios.  The cost per participant will be $20 and refreshments will be provided.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to make effective use of your precious water resources.

Who: All those interested in effective use of our rainwater resources.
What: A Rainwater Harvesting and Storage Workshop presented by the Amador Resource Conservation District and instructed by Sean Kriletich
When: Saturday, September 22nd from 1 to 5 pm
Where: Sutter Hill - Amador Co. Health and Human Services Conference Room -10877 Conductor Blvd.  Sutter Creek CA  95685
Why: Whether we are homeowners, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, winery owners, builders or vineyard owners we could all use extra water.  This workshop will cover all aspects of rainwater harvesting and storage from the drops falling on your roof or field, to storage and utilization.  You will leave this workshop with the principles of rainwater harvesting, storage, and utilization as well as the knowledge you need to install a system and information on the costs involved.
Cost: $20 per participant ($10 for each additional participant from the same farm our household) - space is limited so reserve your seat today!
To reserve your seat at the September 22nd Rainwater Harvesting Workshop please contact Sean Kriletich at palomapollinators@fastmail.es or (209) 402-7801 and/or send your check or money order ($20 per participant - $10 for each additional participant from the same farm our household) to:

Sean Kriletich
Rainwater
18048 Butte View Ct.
Jackson, CA 95642

I look forward to seeing you at the workshop,

Sean
P.S. A field trip to an existing rainwater harvesting installation will be available during the week following the workshop.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Jackson Rancheria First in State to Offer House Money Bet

JACKSON, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort  is the first casino in California to offer the House Money side bet in Blackjack.If a player makes the optional House Money wager from $1 to $25 and their first two cards are a A&K suited, 2-Card Straight Flush, a Pair, or a 2-Card Straight, the player is paid up to 9 to 1 (depending on the hand) and the original wager is also returned.

The Player is paid regardless if the Dealer has a Blackjack. If the Player has one of the above hands in their initial two cards, they have the option to add the entire amount paid (including the original side bet wager) or any portion of the winnings to their base Blackjack wager.

Or the player may choose to simply collect the payout. If the Dealer has Blackjack, this option does not apply and the Player is simply paid for his winning hand.

If the player chooses to ‘cap’ their base Blackjack wager by adding the winnings of the initial phase of his side bet, the entire wager will be considered to be his Blackjack wager. The player may also cap his wager if his winning hand was a Blackjack (Ace-King suited).

Jackson Rancheria also offers Blackjack players a Bet the Set “21” side bet.

If the player’s first two cards are a pair or suited pair, the player wins. The player’s hand is independent of the dealer’s hand and is unaffected by the dealer’s Blackjack. This side bet pays up to 25-1 depending on the number of decks in play.Jackson Rancheria always strives to offer the latest and most popular games and betting options.

Visit JacksonCasino.com for details on all the games and activities at the Casino Resort.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit JacksonCasino.com.Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.

Roaring Camp: Only FOUR more Saturday Night NY BBQ's left!

Only FOUR more Saturday Night NY Steak BBQ’s left for this season! Book now!
$50.00 person gets you a GREAT NY Steak BBQ Dinner, along with music from either Lovin' Country or the Ridgeriders.

We are also are offering a Special rate of $30.00 for the BBQ and Guided Gold Panning & Gold Mine Tours, that is a $20.00 discount for September 8th & 22nd.

Please call ASAP as space is limited! Don’t miss out the season ends on September 29th!

Kim
Roaring Camp
209-296-4100

Friday, August 31, 2012

Livestock Processing Project Meetings Sept 17th and 18th


Come learn what the buzz about a Regional Meat processing Facility is all about on the evenings of September 17th and 18th in Amador and Calaveras counties!

In 2010 CalaverasGROWN secured a grant from the USDA to study the feasibility of and plan for a Livestock Processing facility for the Central Sierra region.  While this idea is nothing new, this recent
effort has finally gotten the train moving towards the creation of a USDA inspected livestock harvest and processing facility.  The steering committee, which includes members with diverse backgrounds from throughout the Central Sierra region,  has done an enormous amount of research, investigation, planning and modeling.  We are now ready to present these findings to the greater community.

We invite all those who are interested in a USDA inspected livestock processing facility to come out to one or both of our upcoming public meetings.  On Monday, September 17th in Sutter Hill and again the next night, September 18th, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds we will present our extensive findings to residents, businesspeople and potential investors.  Both meetings will be held from from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you, the interested public of our Central Sierra foothills communities so we can answer your questions and show you what we have learned about the potential for livestock processing in our region and the positive economic and employment impacts such a facility would ripple through our communities.

Who: All those interested in improved economic conditions for all foothill residents.  We are especially looking for those people who might be willing to invest in a regional livestock processing facility but invite everyone to attend.

What: Two meetings to discuss the extensive findings of the Central Sierra livestock processing committee, funded by a USDA grant through CalaverasGROWN.

Agenda:
6:30 - Introduction and History of the Need for this Project
6:45 - Overview of the models and information compiled
7:00 - Plans for specific facilities and locations
7:30 - Questions from the public - all steering committee members
7:45 - Adjourn

When and Where: 2 Meetings - choose the one that is most conveniently located for you or come to both.

-Monday, September 17th, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in Sutter Hill at the Amador Co. Health and Human Services Bldg, 10877 Conductor Blvd.  Sutter Creek CA  95685 (there will be a Grass-fed Beef Dinner available before the Amador meeting - look for more details to come)
-Tuesday, September 18th, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. in Angels Camp at the Calaveras Co. Fair Frogeteria, 101 Frogtown Road  Angels Camp, CA 95222 (there will be a half hour social, starting at 6:00 before the Calaveras  meeting with food and drinks provided)

Why: Because we can improve the economics and employment opportunities in our region by starting a business which is based on existing economic drivers in our communities and which will not detract from, but instead enhance the rural and agricultural nature of our region.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn about and become part of an important project for our the Central Sierra region.

For more information, visit our website at www.CalaverasGROWN.org and/or contact Carina Bassin at livestockcarina@gmail.com

Prior to our meeting on September 17th in Sutter Hill, the Amador Resource Conservation District will host a workshop on Niche Meat Marketing.  The workshop will run from 2:15 to 5:15 p.m.. at the same location as the meeting, Amador Co. Health and Human Services Bldg, 10877 Conductor Blvd.  Sutter Creek CA  95685.  Regional livestock producers and meat marketers Dan Macon and Dan Port will present an information rich session along with other knowledgable presenters.

Finally, in between the workshop and the Amador meeting, there will be a Grass-fed beef dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., free for those who RSVP to arcd@amadorrcd.org.