Tuesday, January 29, 2013

FREE CLASS: Fruit Tree Grafting - Feb 9


Join Amador County Master Gardeners for a free “hands-on” clinic about grafting techniques for home gardeners.  Open to the public this class is from 9am to noon on February 9th at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.

Grafting is the art of inserting a piece of one plant into another in a certain way expecting that the parts will grow together and form a permanent union.  Discussion will include grafting different varieties of fruit trees:   pit to pit (peach, nectarine, apricot, plum) or seed to seed (apples).   This technique allows you to create a variety of fruits that will mature at different times on the same tree.   This also allows the necessary cross pollination of some trees, including cherry.  Scions are collected when pruning during the dormant period and stored in a damp, cool location until it is time to graft. 

Materials and procedures will be presented.  Whip, tongue and cleft grafts will be demonstrated and practiced.  Bud grafts will be discussed.  A variety of fruit tree scions will be available.

If you have any questions about the class or have other gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or e-mail, mgamador@ucdavis.edu.








Wednesday, January 23, 2013

UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra Press Release: Yellow Starthistle Control - Thurs Jan 31

(If you missed the one last Saturday...)

Now is the Time to Control Yellow Starthistle and Prevent Spread!

When is the best time to control yellow starthistle? What other invasive weeds should I be looking for on my property or on public lands? How can I stop new weed infestations and spread? These are just a few of the question that will be addressed at the “Yellow Starthistle Control and Preventing the Spread of Invasive

Weeds” workshop scheduled for Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The training session will be conducted at the El Dorado County Administrative Building A in the Board of Supervisor’s Chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. The training is geared toward homeowners, farmers, ranchers and land managers to assist them to understand invasive weed biology plus specific control measures and the correct timing of each method. Winter and early spring are the perfect times to prepare a yellow starthistle control plan and chemical treatments, since several herbicides are most effective when used at the early stages of plant development.

Workshop participants will also learn how to prevent the further spread of yellow starthistle and other invasive weeds on their property, to help protect uninfested and high-value areas. There is a $5 fee for this workshop. Registration is recommended and available online at: http://ucanr.org/ystworkshop1-31-13 or by calling Nancy Starr at University of California Cooperative Extension (530) 621-5503. Walk-in registration will be available, on a space available basis. This workshop is presented by the El Dorado County Invasive Weeds Management Group, University of California Cooperative Extension and the El Dorado County Agriculture Department.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Free Class on Living in the Forest/Defensible Space Landscaping - Sat Feb 2

Amador Master Gardeners Janice Johnson and Cathy Koos Breazeal are offering a free class combining Living in the Forest and Defensible Space Landscaping. This class is open to the public vand will teach you how to be a good steward of your property by keeping your forest healthy. Learn why you should clear brush and thin trees, and how to recognize some common pests and diseases of conifers and oaks. Learn about the wildlife that share the forest with you and how to live in harmony with them. Cathy Koos Breazeal is also Executive Director of Fire Safe and will tell how you can save your home and neighborhood from wildland fire, help you retain your fire insurance, and may be able to save you money with a Defensible Space.

Join us Saturday February 2nd, 9am to noon, at the GSA Building 12200-B Airport Road, Martell. For more information contact Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu

Friday, January 18, 2013

Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) Events

Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) Events:


Bingo
You heard it right! Yes, BINGO is back in 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 ACRA at (209)223-6349.
1s t, 3rd, and 5th  Mondays of the month. 
*Special *Bonus *BINGO* Monday...Jan 28th...  River Pines Revitalization Association will be this week's beneficiary.  
Doors open at  5:30 pm
Early Bird BINGO…6:10 pm
$10 for 10 Games…6:30pm
 
Bingo Bob…professional Bingo Caller will be there!
 
Back at Thomi’s Banquet Room….627  S. Hwy 49 in Jackson. 
 
 
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“Spaghetti Feed” (2nd Annual)
Friday, January 25th, 2013
5:30 Doors Open, 6:30 Dinner, 7:00 Raffle
Authentic Amador-Italian….Meaty Red Sauce or Delicious Basil Pesto.
Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, Coffee.
No Host Beverages …Wine, Beer, and Soda.
 $15 ea. $25 couple (in advance) $20 at the door.
All Proceeds Benefit ACRA’s “the Hub” Activity Center and the Amador County Cemetery Board.


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The Path to Publication with Barbara McMahon
Bestselling ,award winning author, 80 novels, 16 million copies sold.
Three part series…
Feb.12th…The Path to Publication…Into to genre fiction, manuscripts basics, plot vs. characters and copyright basics.
Feb.19th…Traditional Publishing…Target publisher, agents, small press and contracts.
Feb.26th …Indie  Publishing , vs. Subsidy publishing… Strategies and expectations.
Cost: $45…
7pm… at the ACRA Conference Rooms 10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek Ca.
Contact ACRA at 223-6349,goacra.org or ktraverso@amadorgov.org for more info

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffle Making
Tuesday, February 12th…6:00-8:00pm
Amador High School’s Culinary Room
Come join Chef Emily and learn how to make unique
milk chocolate rum truffles!
Cost is $35…Only 12 Spots Available…Sold out last year.
Book in advance…Please Call ACRA  223-6349  or
 
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“Stan Kelley Memorial Crab Feed”
Hosted by the Sutter Creek Lions Club
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Sutter Creek  Auditorium, 18 Main St., Sutter Creek
Doors open at 5:30 pm for no host bar.
Dinner at 6:30 pm (wine provided with dinner)
ABC regulations…no outside Alcohol permitted.
Contact Chuck Swiderski 296-3457
Sign Up Soon….Tickets go fast!!!


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49er Bypass Run – Through Historic Sutter Creek and Amador City.
Register now for the 5K (3.1mi.) or 10K (6.2mi.). The April 6th race starts on Main Street Sutter Creek at 9am. Register before March 15th to reserve your FREE race shirt. Youth (17 and under) - $20, Adult (18 and over) - $25, Groups or Families of 4 - $60, additional participants - $15. E-mailktraverso@amadorgov.org for additional information.
 
Train for the Bypass Run with Beth Sands-
Begin training for the 49er Bypass Run with Fitness Made Fun! Indoor 5K power walk classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:15 located at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center in Jackson. This workout is designed for all ages and fitness levels. You will receive a $10 discount for the 49er Bypass and 10% off your first 4 week session for all new walkers with Fitness Made Fun. Contact Beth at 209-471-8792 or e-mailwalkleaderbeth@yahoo.com for more information.

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New Cooking Class 
Learn How to make Empanadas...(With Amador's very own Pie Belle!)
Thursday, February 28th. 5:30 - 8pm
Fee: $50  Amador High School Culinary Room.
Pre-Registration Required.
Call ACRA at 223-6349


Plymouth After School Program
A great place for kids to hang out after school. Experienced program leaders offer homework help and lead fun activities and games! Go on field trips occasionally too! Available for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the whole school year. Located at Lodgehill in Plymouth. Please contact Jessie Larsen at (209)223-6349 orjlarsen@amadorgov.org for more information.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Unique Japanese garments for sale

Unique Japanese garments for sale

Short and long "haori" – (Japanese Kimonos) exquisitely wearable, lined tops for all occasions--over jeans, over long skirts. These are antiques from Japan, in excellent condition.  

Says Ruth Gottstein, "...I have worn them in public where they always evoke curiosity and interest."  

Price: $50 to $75.

Email me to set up a time to come to Volcano and view my collection ruth@volcanopress.com

Free Classes: Hillside Landscaping and Star Thistle Control - Sat Jan 19



Free Classes:  Hillside Landscaping and Star Thistle Control

Amador County Master Gardeners will present two free classes beginning at 9am on January 19th.  If you live on sloping property, Hillside Landscaping will show you how to improve your site through terracing, erosion control, and inclusion of diverse, water-wise plantings.

Next learn proven techniques to identify and battle star thistle in the foothills.  Timing is highly important in the attack on this prickly, invasive weed.

Open to all, these classes are held at the GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson.  For more information contact Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu








Saturday, January 12, 2013

Amador Junior Team Tennis now accepting registration for Spring 2013 season

Get your kids in the swing of things!  Amador Junior Team Tennis is now accepting registration forms for the Spring 2013 season.  The league is for boys and girls age 7-14.  League play takes place on Saturdays from April 13 until May 18, and practices begin in March.  The early bird special reduces the regular $65 registration fee by $10 if you register before February 15 (more discounts for siblings too!).

For more information, please contact Dan Klement at 257-1950.  Registration forms can be downloaded at www.amadortennisclub.org or picked up at Jackson City Hall.  It’s the game of a lifetime!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Via Citizen Report: The Life of a Free Range Upcountry Rooster - Feb 2 & Mar 9

The Life of a Free Range Upcountry RoosterBy Gregory Peck
You might think that being a free range upcountry rooster is easy. Think again. I am up at the
crack of dawn, cock-a-doodle-doing ‘til I'm hoarse, trying to wake up the keeper. By the time
she's up, I've gathered up my hens inside the barn so that when she opens the door, we can
rush out like the barn's on fire. The keeper keeps food and water in the barn for me, but it's not
nearly as good as what I find for my flock in the garden. I spend most of the day searching for
bugs, seeds, and tender greens to treat my hens. If I am really lucky, I'll find the gals some juicy
worms in the compost. When we're full, we scratch a big hole in the dirt for a communal dust
bath, and then we stretch out in the sun for a siesta.

After our nap, if I'm feeling daring, I lead my hens on a raid into the vegetable garden. Not only
is the soil softer and easier to dig, but the plants are so tender and tasty. If the keeper sees us,
she comes running out of the house flapping her arms and screeching like a crazed hawk. To
make her happy, we act scared, running and flapping in all directions.

I keep an “eagle eye" towards the sky all day long watching for hawks. At the first glimpse of
one soaring overhead, I yell to my hens, "Run. Run to the barn"! The keeper probably thinks
I’m a coward because I'm always the first one into the barn, but she doesn’t understand that,
I'm leading the way. This tactic works well for most hawks and I only occasionally loose a hen
to one of them. But not with the Goshawks! They are so bold that they chase me and my gals
right into the barn and sadly, not all of my hens can find hiding places.

At dusk I bring the girls back inside the barn, so that the keeper can lock the door, keeping out
all the creatures of the night that are looking for a chicken dinner. Only then can I rest.

Spring is my favorite time of year, when love is in the air, and the hens have baby chicks on
their minds. The hens gather their buff, brown, and green eggs together and keep them warm
with their bodies. Magically, after twenty-one days, baby chicks appear. My job really gets hard
when I have to keep track of all those little balls of fluff!

My keeper, Amador County Master Gardener Janice Johnson, is giving a free class on living in
the forest on Saturday, February 2nd and another free class on backyard chickens March 9th.
Both classes are from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Cooperative Extension office 12200-B Airport Rd,
Jackson. If you have questions, email her at pinetown@volcano.net.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook Off - Sat Feb 9


Saturday February 9th, 2013  

6:30-10:30 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium

Proceeds to: Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School

All Proceeds go to the HISTORIC SUTTER CREEK GRAMMAR SCHOOL RESTORATION FUND. The School, which is on the National Historical Registry, was built in 1871 and is currently vacant until repairs can be made. Please come and support this event and help get this Historic School fixed.


It’s Mardi Gras!!!!!!!!! Time to get crazy and have fun for a good cause. Come in Costume to make things more festive!



On Feb 9th, 2013 will be the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook-Off. The event is from 6:30-10:30 and will be at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street. Tickets are $20, adults only over 21 years of age. This great event is tons of fun and is a fund raiser for the exterior renovation of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School.


Fun at the event includes: Cajun Cook-Off (taste bud alert for some great food) , Live music for dancing featuring the band "Late For Dinner" (get ready to dance all night!), Black Jack and other games, Madame Luna Bella Fortuna the Fortune Teller, Saloon, and the infamous Jail House, where the Sheriff will roam the room and you can have anyone arrested for just $2.00 and that person must pay $1.00 to get out of jail,  (or be released after 10 minutes) There will be a costume contest and you might just win, so come in your wildest, most creative costume. If you aren't brave enough to come in costume, there will be face painters on hand to liven you up. 



Your ticket includes the Cajun Cook-Off tasting! Restaurants and residents battle it out with their own Cajun concoction. Visit each booth, try their Cajun recipe and then cast your vote for your favorite. The team with the most votes wins $100 and a trophy. There will also be prizes for Cajun Team Best Booth and best Cajun Team Best Costume. We still have room for more teams. It's free to enter. Visit www.suttercreek.org for an application. Show off your Cajun Cooking and join in the festivities.



Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes! Enter to win lots of great items. If you would like to advertise your business and help a good cause, call 267-1344 or email back to contribute something from your business for either the Auction or the Raffle. All items are greatly appreciated.



Black Jack and Poker tables add to the fun…try your luck to win prizes!

  

All proceeds from this event will go to the exterior renovation of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School which is on the National Historical Registry. National Register number is 15.904 by the Department of Interior, National Parks Service in Washington D.C. and the California State Historic Registry #76000477. For more information visit www.suttercreek.org or call (209) 267-1344



Don’t miss this great event! February 9th at 6:30 in Sutter Creek!



AAUW 41st Annual Home Tour - Sat April 20

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This year the Amador Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be hosting its 41st annual Home Tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Jackson.  The tour “Jackson Rediscovered” includes the National Hotel, the Kennedy Mine Office, and four beautiful, historical homes in Jackson.  Based on last year’s attendance, we expect 700-800 visitors.

We are inviting you to promote your business in our Home Tour brochure.  Businesses can choose either the $50 Gold Level or the $25 Silver Level.  With a donation of $50, a copy of your business card will be printed in the brochure.  With a donation of $25, your name, business and address will be listed in the brochure.

To participate at the Gold Level, sponsors need to provide their business card, along with a $50 check.  Silver Level sponsors need to provide their name, business name, and address, along with a $25 check.  Please make checks out to Amador Branch of AAUW.  All donations are fully tax deductible.

The deadline for receiving business card/business information and check is Friday, February 1, 2013.

Proceeds from the Tour fund scholarships for local women at the community college and upper division levels, as well as a math and science camp (Tech Trek) for Amador County middle school girls.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to help our scholarship fund while promoting your business.  If you have questions, please contact me at (209) 296-0940.

Sincerely,

Susan Staggs
AAUW Amador Home Tour Committee

Serbian Christmas Celebration - Mon Jan 7

Today, Mon Jan 7 at about12 noon, there will be a procession of honking vehicles and shotguns fired in downtown Jackson in celebration of Serbian Christmas Day. This has been a 100 year old Amador County tradition.

Contact Beau Gillman at 223-4040 for more information.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook Off - Sat Feb 9

All Proceeds go to the HISTORIC SUTTER CREEK GRAMMAR SCHOOL RESTORATION FUND. The School, which is on the National Historical Registry, was built in 1871 and is currently vacant until repairs can be made. Please come and support this event and help get this Historic School fixed.

It’s Mardi Gras!!!!!!!!! Time to get crazy and have fun for a good cause. Come in Costume to make things more festive!

On Feb 9th, 2013 will be the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook-Off. The event is from 6:30-10:30 and will be at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street. Tickets are $20, adults only over 21 years of age. This great event is tons of fun and is a fund raiser for the exterior renovation of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School.

Fun at the event includes: Cajun Cook-Off (taste bud alert for some great food) , Live music for dancing featuring the band "Late For Dinner" (get ready to dance all night!), Black Jack and other games, Madame Luna Bella Fortuna the Fortune Teller, Saloon, and the infamous Jail House, where the Sheriff will roam the room and you can have anyone arrested for just $2.00 and that person must pay $1.00 to get out of jail,  (or be released after 10 minutes) There will be a costume contest and you might just win, so come in your wildest, most creative costume. If you aren't brave enough to come in costume, there will be face painters on hand to liven you up. 

Your ticket includes the Cajun Cook-Off tasting! Restaurants and residents battle it out with their own Cajun concoction. Visit each booth, try their Cajun recipe and then cast your vote for your favorite. The team with the most votes wins $100 and a trophy. There will also be prizes for Cajun Team Best Booth and best Cajun Team Best Costume. We still have room for more teams. It's free to enter. Visit www.suttercreek.org for an application. Show off your Cajun Cooking and join in the festivities.

Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes! Enter to win lots of great items. If you would like to advertise your business and help a good cause, call 267-1344 or email back to contribute something from your business for either the Auction or the Raffle. All items are greatly appreciated.

Black Jack and Poker tables add to the fun…try your luck to win prizes!
  
All proceeds from this event will go to the exterior renovation of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School which is on the National Historical Registry. National Register number is 15.904 by the Department of Interior, National Parks Service in Washington D.C. and the California State Historic Registry #76000477. For more information visit www.suttercreek.org or call (209) 267-1344

Don’t miss this great event! February 9th at 6:30 in Sutter Creek!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Amador Flyfishers Meeting - Tues Jan 15

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) welcomes Frank Seifert on Tuesday January 15 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson.  A fly-tying demonstration will begin at 6:00pm, followed by our 7:00pm general meeting and Frank's presentation, "The California Heritage Trout Challenge".  Local fly-fisherman Frank Seifert is known for his enthusiasm and outdoors experience.  Come hear of Frank's exploits as he recently completed by float tube, the DFW's California Heritage Trout Challenge, catching and documenting six different forms of California native trout in their historic drainages!  Amador Flyfishers convenes the third Tuesday of each month to meet popular flyfishing guest speakers, share fishing experiences, and support fishery conservation issues.  AFF meetings are free and open to visitors! (www.amadorflyfishers.org)
 
Contact Information: Ron Calvert, secretary@amadorflyfishers.org

Amador County Recreation Agency Board Meeting - Wed Jan 9


Amador County Recreation Agency
Board Meeting
810 Court Street Jackson, CA
Board of Supervisors Chambers
January 9th 2013
2:00 p.m.
Mission Statement:
 “ACRA shall maximize recreational opportunities for all residents of Amador County through sustainable planning, financing, facilities, operations and programs.”
Agenda Items:
1. Call to Order          Roll Call
2. Meeting Agenda    Approval
Approval of agenda for this date and all off-agenda items must be approved by the Board as per government code 549854.2

3. Review of previous minutes          Review minutes from General Meetings 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 to Bank:          ACRA Accounts                                Action
8. Discussion Items
 
A.        Election of ACRA Board of Directors Officers                   Discussion Possible Action
B.        Budget report                                                             Discussion Possible Action
C.        Prop 40 Closeout and Final Accounting                                Discussion Possible Action
D.        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
E.         Maintenance Management School Report                          Discussion
F.         Mollie Joyce Park Maintenance Management Plan           Discussion Possible Action
G.        Grants Update                                                                        Discussion
H.        Calendar                                                                                 Discussion Possible Action
 
9. Director’s Report & Discussion
Park Maintenance, Grants, Programs,
10. Board Member Reports
11. Adjourn Regular Meeting
Staff Contact:  Tracey Towner
Parks and Recreation Director
Amador County Recreation Agency
10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek CA
PHONE:  (209) 223-6349 FAX:  (209) 257-1409
OFFICES CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 21, Thru JANUARY 8th, 2013

Next Meeting:  February 13th 2013

Posted:  Amador County Unified School District, 217 Rex Ave., Jackson, Amador City Hall,  Jackson City Hall 33 Broadway, Jackson, Sutter Creek City Hall, Main Street Sutter Creek, Plymouth City Hall, Main Street Plymouth, Ione City Hall, Main Street Ione, Amador County Government Center, 810 Court Street Jackson, 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek;
 In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting contact staff, at (209) 223-6349 or (209) 257-1409 (fax). Requests need to be made as early as possible, at least one-full business day before the start of the meeting.  Timely notification will assure accessibility to this meeting. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Beginning Square Dancing Classs begin Mon Jan 14

Start the New Year off square dancing with the Jackson Claim Jumpers! Beginning square dancing starts Monday, Jan 14, 6:30 pm at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson. January classes are free and fun!  
For more information call Lucy, 223-4603.