Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TSPN INTERVIEW: George Wendt, O.A.R.S. President

TSPN's Tom Slivick talks with George Wendt, president of O.A.R.S. Outdoor Adventure Guides of Angels Camp about a BLM pilot study looking at opening the Mokelumne River to commercial rafting.

http://tspntv.com/component/k2/item/19078-george-wendt-blm-pilot-study-7-pm-tuesday-july-31-in-jackson-civic-center

2012 Plymouth Farmer’s Market Starts Thursday, August 2nd

Plymouth, California. July, 2012. The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills is once again sponsoring the Plymouth Farmer’s Market, held every Thursday, 4 pm to 7:00 pm, from Aug 2nd through Sep 29th, at Sharkey’s Park on historic Main St, Plymouth. Featuring fresh produce from certified vendors, great wine, high quality crafts and live music, all in a grassy shaded park, the Plymouth Farmer’s Market has become a popular gathering place for folks from Plymouth, Fiddletown, River Pines, Drytown, Ione and more.
More than just a Farmer’s Market, visitors can ‘dine’ al fresco with background music from local favorites like Herb Boxhorn, Meghan O’Keefe and Jack McGee. The increasingly popular ‘Dinner in the Park’ provides affordable small plate dinners from a different restaurant each week, including Taste, Clark’s Corner and others.

There’s Wine of Course An event in Plymouth (Old Pokerville), Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, wouldn’t be complete without wine tasting. And, to complement your meal, each week a different Amador County winery will offer wine-by-the-glass selections.

A Great Cause

“We have been really pleased with the market’s growth,” said Troy Bowers, recently installed President of the Plymouth-Foothills Rotary Club. “Rotary is, of course, a service organization with local beneficiaries of our fund raising; last year the Plymouth Farmer’s Market enabled us to donate over a thousand dollars to the local elementary school and, in addition, provide a scholarship for Amador County High School students to attend our Rotary Leadership Program,” he added.

Again this year local non-profit organizations are invited to present their information at the market at no charge to their group. Please give Rotary a call to schedule a table. 209.245.6090

Master Gardeners: Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic - Aug 25

Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic: August 25th
Have you always pruned your fruit trees in the dormant season? Are you a novice and
not sure about the best way to prune your fruit trees? Would you like to get control and
shape your trees for easier maintenance? If so, join Amador County Master Gardeners
for our free fruit tree pruning clinic from 9-11am on Saturday, August 25th. 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.
For location and directions to the class, call the Master Gardener office at 223-6838
from 10-12 noon, Tuesday through Thursday. If no answer, leave message and
telephone number. This class is open to the public.

Wicked Sisters perform at Roaring Camp - Sat Aug 11

Wicked Sisters are at Roaring Camp again for the Saturday night BBQ on August 11, please make reservation soon as seats on the truck into camp are limited.  Gold panning, swimming in the river, music from the Wicked Sisters and of course are GREAT NY Steak BBQ.  Call for reservations. Roaring Camp 209-296-4100 - 13010 Tabeau Rd, Pine Grove, CA  95665
www.roaringcampgold.com

Friday, July 27, 2012

Motherlode Harvest Newsletter: Good Food News - Volume 4 Number 30 July 27, 2012

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CAL FIRE: Amador-El Dorado Lightning Fires Controlled


Camino – “All lightning caused wildland fires in the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE have been fully controlled” stated Incident Commander Brian Estes who added “steep terrain and difficult access into these fires combined with heavy, dense vegetation slowed firefighting efforts.”

Beginning last Sunday, July 22nd through Monday July 23rd, the Amador-El Dorado Unit experienced extreme lightning activity with 1848 lightning strikes in a 12 hour period.  There were a total of 20 wildland fires included in the lightning complex with 8 fires in El Dorado County and 12 in Amador County.  The 20th wildland fire caused by lightning (a hold over fire) occurred this morning in the Sandridge Road area and burned a total of 3 acres.  This fire has been 100% contained.

All equipment has been demobilized and returned to their respective stations, camps and CAL FIRE Units.

For current incident information, please visit our website at www.fire.ca.gov or join us on Facebook and Twitter for breaking news.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Bark in the Park, Sat Oct 6

BARK IN THE PARK!
Saturday, October 6
Italian Picnic Grounds, Sutter Hill
Mutt Strut starts at 9AM, with sign-ups at 8AM.
Parade led by Sheriff Martin Ryan, plus a Sheriff Canine demonstration!
Dog & Pony Show by Busy Bees.
Great food, games, contests and prizes as well as a silent auction with amazing prizes!
This annual event is put on by the Amador APAL Humane Society.
www.AmadorAPAL.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Movie at Dark at Music in the Park - Fri Aug 3


Movie at Dark at Music in the Park
Mollie Joyce Park
Pioneer, CA
Friday Aug 3
Come and enjoy a beautiful summer evening with music from the Black Irish Band, food, beverages, and a family movie after dark. 
ACRA showing of "RIO" on the Outdoor Cinema

Amador County Fair and WFA presents Blue Ribbon Awards

PLYMOUTH, CA. The Amador County Fair has presented the Western Fairs Association (WFA)
Blue Ribbon Awards to artist Rand Hugget, and Directors' Awards to gardeners Nancy Hawkins
and Katie Bryant, and the Clayton Gregory family. The WFA Blue Ribbon Awards program is
an industry-wide effort to recognize and honor those individuals or groups who have provided
outstanding support to the fair industry. The Amador County Fair Director Awards honor
individuals or businesses who have given exceptional support to the Fair.
Artist and high school teacher, Rand Hugget, has created the popular Amador County Fair
poster art for 29 years. The posters have received first place recognition in the annual WFA
marketing awards competition eleven times. The Board of Directors recognized Rand for being
instrumental in creating and illustrating the spirit and image of Amador County Fair. His posters
are a collector's item and, in an era when retail stores aren't cooperative in putting posters in
their windows, store owners in the County call the Fair office if they don't get their annual poster!
CEO Troy Bowers is excited for Rand to start work on his 30th poster that will honor the Amador
County Fair's 75th Anniversary in 2013.

The grounds of the Amador County Fair are known for the amazing display of vibrant flowers
down the midway as you walk through the Fair, and the beautiful gardens and water features
scattered across the acreage. Each year Nancy Hawkins and Katie Bryant plant their trademark
Fair zinnias and fill in with an eclectic collection of greenery and flowering plants, lazily growing
over wine barrels and art relating to the annual Fair theme. In the current economic hard times
for Fairs, they have garnered help from the community to keep up the gardens. The two plant,
nurse, weed and water the beds until they reach their glorious peak just in time for the Fair. Those
Main Street flowerbeds are the backdrop for many family photos and are a big part of the cheerful,
bright and fun appearance of the Fair.


For many years the Fair staff has been calling on Clayton Gregory when they need a hand.
Clayton's water truck is there when the Fair's own, aging truck breaks down. It is there when the
high school rodeo championships are held in the Benny Brown arena to keep the dust down. It's
there when the Destruction Derby needs a mud pit for the cars to slip and slide in. But without
Clayton and his family there to operate, supervise, notice and remove stray car parts and rocks that
might injure a horse, the truck would just be a piece of equipment. The Board of Directors have
honored Clayton Gregory, Brenda, Ada, Bubby and Kayla for their many years of dedication to the
Amador County Fair and their example as a family all participating to lend a hand.
"The Amador County Fair is the success it is because of the contributions of many volunteers,
sponsors, businesses that donate their services, and individuals who give 150%. The WFA Blue
Ribbon Award and the Directors' Award are just a small token of our appreciation," said Jeanne
Deaver, Board President.

ACRA: Dive In Movie - Aug 4

Come and have some fun this summer! Watch the festive movie RIO while swimming in the Plymouth Pool. The party starts at 8 pm, Saturday, August 4. Only $5!
More info, call (209) 223-6349 or email jlarsen@amadorgov.org for more information.

Sutter Creek Lions 1st Annual Pig Feed - Aug 18

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Sutter Creek Auditorium
18 Main St, Sutter Creek
6 pm No Host Bar, 7 pm Dinner
Must be Present to win the Door Prize, No outside Alcohol Permitted
Tickets $25.00. Sold at the Bubblegum Bookstore in Sutter Creek

Monday, July 23, 2012

Farms of Amador Booth at the Amador County Fair needs your help

Hello Farmers, Gardeners and Beekeepers of Amador County,
I hope this summer finds you and your plants, insects and animals thriving.  As you are hopefully aware, the Amador County Fair is right around the corner.  It starts this Thursday, July 26th at the fairgrounds in Plymouth and is open for fun, entertainment and learning through Sunday the 29th.  This year at the fair Farms of Amador will again have a staffed display, which will include education about local agriculture, local product sales and a honeybee observation hive.  The display will be up and staffed on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
We need your help to make this educational booth a success.  Three volunteers are needed for each 1 1/2 hr shift.  The job of the volunteers will be to talk to the general public about agriculture,
gardening, animal husbandry beekeeping, or whatever it is you want to share with others about Amador County and our region.  You will be given free admission to the fair for the day of your shift for your service.
This will be a great opportunity to get out and see the fair while spending some of your time talking to others about Amador Co.

Shift times are:

Saturday - July 28th
9 to 10 a.m. - Setup - help with the display setup
10 to 11:30 a.m. - enjoy yourself while sharing information with others
11:30 to 1 p.m. - ""
1 to 2:30 p.m. - ""
2:30 to 4 p.m. - ""
4 to 5:30 p.m. - ""

Sunday - July 29th -
10 to 11:30 a.m. - enjoy yourself while sharing information with others
11:30 to 1 p.m. - ""
1 to 2:30 p.m. - ""
2:30 to 4 p.m. - ""
4 to 5:30 p.m. - ""

To sign up please email or phone Sean Kriletich at info@farmsofamador.com or (209) 402-7801
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at the fair,

Sean

Saturday, July 21, 2012

2012 Plymouth Farmer’s Market Starts Thursday, August 2nd


A Community Market Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills
The Most Pleasant Venue in Amador County

Plymouth, California. July, 2012.  The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills is once again sponsoring the Plymouth Farmer’s Market, held every Thursday, 4 pm to 7:00 pm, from Aug 2nd through Sep 29th, at Sharkey’s Park on historic Main St, Plymouth. Featuring fresh produce from certified vendors, great wine, high quality crafts and live music, all in a grassy shaded park, the Plymouth Farmer’s Market has become a popular gathering place for folks from Plymouth, Fiddletown, River Pines, Drytown, Ione and more.
More than just a Farmer’s Market, visitors can ‘dine’ al fresco with background music from local favorites like Herb Boxhorn, Meghan O’Keefe and Jack McGee. The increasingly popular ‘Dinner in the Park’ provides affordable small plate dinners from a different restaurant each week, including Taste, Clark’s Corner and others.

There’s Wine of Course 
An event in Plymouth (Old Pokerville), Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, wouldn’t be complete without wine tasting. And, to complement your meal, each week a different Amador County winery will offer wine-by-the-glass selections.


A Great Cause
 “We have been really pleased with the market’s growth,” said Troy Bowers,  recently installed President of the Plymouth-Foothills Rotary Club.  “Rotary is, of course, a service organization with local beneficiaries of our fund raising;  last year the Plymouth Farmer’s Market enabled us to donate over a thousand dollars to the local elementary school and, in addition, provide a scholarship for Amador County High School students to attend our Rotary Leadership Program,” he added.

Again this year local non-profit organizations are invited to present their information at the market at no charge to their group. Please give Rotary a call to schedule a table. 209.245.6090

Sierra Travel Newsletter - "Travel Chatter" JULY 2012

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TSPN: Amador County Pre-Fair walk around tour


TSPN INTERVIEW: Troy Bowers, Amador County Fair CEO

TSPN's Tom Slivick talks with Amador County Fair CEO Troy Bowers about the 2012 fair: "Barn in the USA."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpg4g2Qr0SA&feature=plcp

TSPN INTERVIEW: Artist Rand Huggett

TSPN's Tom Slivick talks with Sutter Creek artist Rand Huggett about recent awards he received for his posters for the Amador County Fair, including this year's "Barn in the USA."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuVWz_tSmgk&feature=plcp

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CAL FIRE: Preparing for Evacuation - Are You Ready to Go?


Camino – “Wildfire season is clearly upon us, as many have witnessed watching news footage from the Robbers Fire in Placer County. In a matter of minutes lives are turned upside down when evacuation orders are given by the local law enforcement agency. Those who are prepared do well but those who have not prepared have a far more difficult time. As emergency responders we tell people to be prepared to be evacuated in the event of a wildfire. This is a fact of life living in the foothills and anyone who hasn’t prepared themselves and their family's needs to do so right away” says Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE.
Chief Keenan adds “in the fire service, we prepare for the worst case, we train constantly and when the call comes we respond immediately but we can’t be everywhere all the time. If a wildfire is approaching it is best to leave early ahead of a formal evacuation called by local law enforcement. Waiting until the last minute can cost you your life as roads may be crowded or blocked by vehicles and/or with fire. Take charge and leave well ahead of the fire front.”


Key components of a Wildfire Action Plan are:
— Have a pre-determined meeting place outside of the disaster area.
— Have multiple escape routes from your home that you are familiar driving during both the day and night.
— Have an evacuation plan and emergency supply kits for yourself and your animals.
— Maintain an out-of-the area point of contact for your families for your communications plan.
— Be prepared, more than anything make sure your plans are in place now and don’t forget to update information and practice, practice, practice!


“Depending on the type of disaster (wildfire, floods/mudslides, snow storm, hazardous materials incident, etc.) and time of year, your needs will change. If you have an infant or elderly family member or disabled individual that resides with you; can you evacuate them quickly and safely? Can their specific needs be met at an evacuation center? Remember disaster preparedness begins and ends with you,” adds Chief Keenan.

You can find more information on CAL FIRE’s Ready-Set-Go program at www.readyforwildfire.org, FEMA at www.ready.gov, and the Humane Society at www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/disaster_preparedness_pets. If you would like to receive information by mail, please call 530-644-2345.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Motherlode Harvest Newsletter

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CAL FIRE: Buy It Where You Burn It

Camino – Firewood can transport insects and/or disease that are often times not visible to people which means you can end up spreading pests (insects) and diseases that can devastate our local forests if you buy and move firewood from outside our county into our county. CAL FIRE and the CA Firewood Task Force are asking the general public to buy only locally cut firewood where they plan to burn it.Furthermore, if you plan on camping and travelling outside the area, get your firewood from the area you are going too, do not transport wood from your backyard as you may be spreading diseases and pests and leave unburned firewood where you bought it.

Examples of insects and diseases that can affect the forests in our area are:

The Goldspotted Oak Borer (an invasive beetle in San Diego County likely brought into the state on firewood) has killed tens of thousands of oak trees all over San Diego County since 2004 when it was first found. 

Sudden Oak Death is a disease found on the CA coast and as far east as Solano County and has killed tanoaks and oaks from British Columbia to California. 

Pine Pitch Canker is a disease affecting pine trees (Grey Pines and Douglas Fir and threatening commercial species such as Sugar Pine and Ponderosa Pine) and has been found along most of the California coast encompassing over 23 million acres.

“By taking simple steps to prevent the spread of insects and disease living in your firewood, you can keep our forests healthy and productive. Anyone of these diseases can potentially devastate our forests leaving behind acres of dead and dying trees primed for wildfires, not to mention the adverse economic ramifications” cautions Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE “so please buy your firewood where you plan on burning it” adds Chief Keenan. 

For more on the Buy It Where You Burn It, please visit www.firewood.ca.gov.

ACRA ANNOUNCEMENTS

BINGO
You heard it right! Yes, BINGO is coming to Jackson. Averaging 10 games a night. Cash Prizes!!! Don't miss out!!! Support your local recreation agency, and other non-profit partners. For more information, call Amador County Recreation Agency at (209)223-6349. Brought to you by the Amador Community Foundation.
1st, 3rd, and 5thMondays of the month at 6:30pm
$10 for 10 Games
Thomi’s Banquet Room on Hwy 49 in South Jackson

FUN RUN
Come and have some fun this summer! Watch the festive movie RIO while swimming in the Plymouth Pool after an awesome Fun Run. Dress up and Run in your wackiest, most interesting, unique outfit. Crazy hair encouraged! Go for a one mile run looping from the Plymouth Pool.  Best Dressed Contest, Awards ceremony, and pool party Saturday, August 4. Race starts at 7:30 pm, Pool Party and Movie from 8-10 pm. $15 for the whole package or $5 for just swimming and movie. Call (209)223-6349 or email jlarsen@amadorgov.org for more information.
Sponsored by Taste: Amador County’s best dining experience.

AMADOR COUNTY RECREATION AGENCY’S LAKE AMADOR TRIATHALON
Sunday September 16th
SPRINT $65
OLYMPIC $80
SPRINT RELAY $90
OLYMPIC RELAY $120
The swim takes place in the waters of Lake Amador, the bike ride features a loop through the beautiful hills of Buena Vista and Camanche, and the run takes you through the lakeside-tree-shaded campground.
—Olympic race starts at 8am. Sprint starts at 9am.
—Check-in and body marking begin at 6:45am
—All participants will receive a t-shirt and swim cap.
Awards:Age Group Overall—top 3 overall male and female finishers (S & O)
Age Group—top 3 overall male and female finishers per age division (S & O)
Relays—Top 3 relay finishes (S & O)
Register online at Active.com or in the ACRA office.
Course map available online at goacra.org
*No registration available on race day
*No refunds
For more information call (209)223-6349 or email jlarsen@amadorgov.org

BEGINNING CERAMICS CLASS
Hosted at the studio of ceramic artist, Bob Benker. This six week course beginning Tuesday, September 11th offers students the opportunity to sculpt and work with clay under the guidance of a very talented and experienced artist. Two firing techniques will be used: low-fire and raku. Based on the interest level of participants, the option to make wheel thrown ceramics may be offered. Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning September 11th 9am—noon.
Upcountry, address announced upon registration. Cost is $340 For more information call (209)223-6349 or email jlarsen@amadorgov.org. Register in the ACRA office or send in your registration form (available online at http://www.goacra.org/) and payment before September 3rd to:10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 100
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

WALK “LIVE” INDOOR WALKING PROGRAM
Come and have a nice workout on your lunch hour!
2 Mile - Full Body Workouts NOW Being Offered at the County Building on 10877 Conductor Blvd.
Tuesdays & Thursdays – 12:00 to 12:30
Classes Begin on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
This INDOOR WALKING Program is designed for ALL Ages and ALL Fitness Levels - LOW IMPACT - High Intensity
Walk “LIVE” is The Walk Fitness Program Designed by Leslie Sansone
Please register at The Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA)
$60 for 12 Classes (6 Week Session) Drop-ins welcome for $7 and late registrations welcome as well.
 To Register for Classes please call ACRA at: 223-6349

Monday, July 16, 2012

Roaring Camp offers 10% discount!

We are offering a 10% discount on all Day tours and Saturday Night NY Steak BBQ’s for the rest of the season.  We are also having our annual 49er Day Gold Panning Championships and celebration on Saturday July 28th.
Please tell everyone to call us for more information or reservations!

Kim
Roaring Camp
209-296-4100
http://www.roaringcampgold.com/

Amador County Fair: Rumors Aside - Derby Tickets Available!

AMADOR COUNTY FAIR TAKING TICKET ORDERS FOR GRANDSTAND EVENTS

Tickets are now on sale for the featured grandstand events at the Amador County Fair, including Sunday's popular and packed Destruction Derby. Because of the popularity of the crash-em, smash-em event, the Fair has designated all-reserved seating, including bleachers for the Derby.  Both reserved and general admission tickets are available for the Truck Pulls and the Professional Rodeo on Friday and Saturday.

For more information on entering a car in the Derby (several slots are available as of press time) contact Jimmy Wilson 209 256-1999.  The Derby is put on by the Jackson Rotary Club, which offers Trophies and $1665 in cash. Complete rules for preparing a Derby car are on the Fair's website at http://www.amadorcountyfair.com/.

In addition to Grandstand events, there are discounted packages for Fair Admission and Carnival Rides, that are available only in advance through July 25 at 5:00 pm. Visit the Fair's website or call 209 245-6921.