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


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.