Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Red Cross Provides Critical Assistance Across Multiple States

  After Tornadoes, Flooding Force Thousands from Homes


Sacramento, CA. – Tuesday, December 29, 2015 — The American Red Cross launched a massive relief response across multiple states in the wake of the deadly storms which have been hammering communities across most of the country since before the Christmas holiday.

“Red Cross disaster workers have been helping people affected by these storms since before Christmas and will continue to help them as long as needed,” said Gary Strong, CEO for the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. “We ask everyone to remember these families who have lost everything and had their holiday celebrations tragically interrupted by giving to Red Cross Disaster Relief. We depend on generous financial donations to provide comfort and hope to people in need.”

Several days of tornadoes, flooding and winter storms left behind damaged homes, downed power lines and closed highways. Red Cross and community shelters are open in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Red Cross is also supporting families in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi due to severe weather and flooding. 

More than 1,100 homes have been damaged by storms across the affected areas and the number could increase. Hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster workers left their loved ones and homes over the holiday and opened shelters for those affected, providing meals, distributing comfort kits and clean-up supplies and meeting with those affected to help them plan their next steps.

DANGER NOT OVER The storm is expected to continue to affect people over the next several days with flash flooding, heavy snow, ice and freezing rain. The Red Cross urges people in the path of these storms to get ready now. Information about what people should do to prepare their household for possible floodingtornadoeswinter storms and other weather emergencies is available at redcross.org.

Here in California, we should be prepared for possible flooding and mudslides with what meteorologists call one of the strongest El NiƱo phenomenon since 1997.

PLEASE HELP NOW The Red Cross will be helping people affected by this storm for weeks and months to come, while at the same time responding to other emergencies, including helping people whose homes are destroyed by fires. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States – the vast majority of which are home fires.

People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Gold Country Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/GoldCountry.


Lilly Wyatt | American Red Cross
Director | Regional Communications and Marketing
Office | 1565 Exposition Blvd. | Sacramento, CA 95815
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) UPDATE - Classes, Events, Programs and More!

5TH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI FEED! Amador County Cemetery Board Spaghetti Feed will be held on Friday January 29th 2016. This Fifth year annual event has a new location and will be held at the Italian Picnic grounds. Same great cooks as last year. Plenty of Spaghetti both meaty red sauce and traditional pesto. Along with garlic bread, salad, desert, wine and soda. Please, no outside alcohol! Same fun as the previous years with raffle and door prizes. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30, and raffle at 7:00. Proceeds benefit The Amador County Cemetery Board.  Tickets are $20 each or $25 at the door.  To purchase tickets, contact ACRA at 223-6349.


COMPUTER DATA BACK UP SEMINAR - Computer Data Backup, Use It or Loose it!  Learn Cloud Backup-Safe or Risky.? Are Free Backup services OK?. Personal Data Backup: External Hard Drives, When and What to Backup and Personal Backup Strategies.  Also Business Data Backup Options: Redundancy Hard Drives, Incremental or  Full Data, Off-Site Data Storage and Third Party Services. Disaster Recovery, How to Restore Data will also be covered.  The Cost of this seminar is $30 per person, $50 per couple, Business discount $25 minimum 2.  This seminar will be held January 30, 2016 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Health and Services Bldg. 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek, CA. To register call Barbara at ACRA 223-6349. Presented by Tori Moody of CPU Computers. For more information please call 296-0660.


KICKBALL TOURNAMENT -  4 on 4, indoor co-ed at Argonaut High School Sunday January 31st at 1:00pm.  The cost is $40 per team.  Please call John for details about this new exciting event at ACRA 223-6349, facebook.com/johnatacra or jwilliamson@amadorgov.org.
LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH with Amel Tafsout.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings starting January 6th.  Level 1 is from 5:30-7 pm and is $70.  Level 2 is from 7- 8pm and is $65.  This series of French classes is being offered at a new location, Lodge Hill a historical building in Plymouth, 18565 Empire St. Please contact Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 or email her at bnichols@amadorgov.org.


ACRA BINGO 2016 - Tues Jan 5 & 19 at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Doors open no later than 5:30 PM. Early Bird Bingo 6 PM. Regular BINGO 6:15 PM.
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic Ems; another chance to win!
Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program Please call Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
ACRA-ARCD COMMUNITY GARDEN in Jackson is now taking Plot Reservations.  Small raised beds plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $75.  There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road, Jackson.   For more information please call Hillary at (209) 304-6901.
ACRA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS - At tThe HUB in Jackson is Monday –Thursday 2-5pm. Plymouth at Lodge Hill is Tuesday – Thursday. Check out goacra.org for more information. For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349. For Jackson call Tammy Jo at 223-2300.

Monday, December 7, 2015

ACRA Events, Classes, Programs and more! December 2015

A Children's Christmas at the HUB continues December 12th, and the 19th from 11:00am to 5 pm.  Enjoy Santa’s Playland, Christmas games, trains and activities.  We have a new larger bounce house and table games, Christmas crafts and Santa’s gift shop.$5 Donation at the door.  Call ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
Come join the fun creating your Gingerbread House on Friday Dec. 18th 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the HUB. Decorate your own Gingerbread House to your heart’s delight with frosting and candies. This is great fun for the whole family and friends alike.  Gingerbread Houses are in limited supply, so make sure to reserve your house in advance.  Please call ACRA at 223-6349.
Learn to speak French with Amel Tafsout.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings starting January 6th.  Level 1 is from 5:30-7 pm and is $70.  Level 2 is from 7- 8pm and is $65.  This series of French classes is being offered at a new location, Lodge Hill a historical building in Plymouth, 18565 Empire St. Please contact Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 or email her at bnichols@amadorgov.org

Cemetery Ghost Trails is back by popular demand. Volcano, Aqueduct, and Pine Grove cemeteries will be covered in this fun & interesting exploration of Amador’s rich past.  Learn the fascinating history of some of our local pioneers while searching for their grave site.  This is a great activity for friends and family.  The cost is $10.  Call ACRA 223-6349 for more information.

Yoga class starts Monday evenings Nov.2nd 3-4:30 pm at the Fiddletown Community Hall. This Yoga class is being offered by Kathyrn Barstow.   Kathryn has a unique style of gentle yoga enjoyed by all ages. Not the twisted pretzel strange position yoga. There will be more up and coming dates and locations for Kathryn’s Yoga classes.  Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or email bnichols@amadorgov.org 

11 on 11 Soccer Tournament coming Saturday November 21st at Howard Park in Ione.  Teams can be all Male, all female, or a mix. The cost is $150 per team.  Check in is at 8:30am and play starts at 9:00am.   There will be Double Eliminations and prizes for the winners with random prizes for participants. Call 223-6349 or emailjwilliamson@amadorgov.org.  Info also available on our websitewww.goacra.org Or visit facebook.com/acraevents.

ACRA-ARCD Community Garden in Jackson is now taking Plot Reservations.  Small raised beds plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $75.  There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road, Jackson.   For more information please call Hillary at (209) 304-6901.

ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesday Dec 15. Doors Open No later than 5:30, 6:15 Early Bird Bingo, 6:30 Regular BINGO
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available) Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs….another chance to win! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program. Call 223-6349 for more information.
Thank You to the American Legion Hall for accommodating ACRA’s Bingo!

ACRA’s After School Programs. The HUB in Jackson, Monday –Thursday 2-5pm. Plymouth at Lodge Hill is Tuesday – Thursday.  Check out goacra.org for more information.  For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349.  For Jackson call Tammy Jo at 223-2300.





Wednesday, November 25, 2015

9th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 12

9th Annual Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 12
Parade starts at 6:30 pm
Main Street closes at 5 pm. Please carpool to help with the limited parking in town!
Parking places are available at the Italian Picnic grounds, Amador High School, the Sutter Creek Fire House, and Hanford Court. There is no shuttle service.  
If you want to be in the Parade of Lights, call Toni Linde to see if there is still room.  (209) 256-1750.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fred Velasquez, Cultural Preservationist at Chaw'se - Sat Nov 21


Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season

Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cites statistics on escalated cooking and candle fire risk that can turn festivities into a fire drill

Jackson, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 16, 2015 -- As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, Dan Steele of SERVPRO® of Amador/Calaveras Counties reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention
Association:

* Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1
* Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2

“These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says Steele. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”

According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.

While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.

“It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says Steele, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy
a fire-free and festive holiday season.”

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.servpro.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Amador/Calaveras Counties, please contact Dan Steele at (209) 223-4423 or office.servpro9484@gmail.com.


About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Monday, November 16, 2015

ACRA Events, Classes, Programs and more! Nov-Dec 2015

A Children's Christmas at the HUB will begin Christmas Delights weekend Friday and Saturday November 27th and 28th, 11am - 8pm  continuing the next three Saturdays Dec. 5th, 12th, and the 19th form 11:00am to 5 pm.  Enjoy Santa’s Playland, Christmas games, trains an activities.  We have a new larger bounce house and table games, Christmas crafts and Santa’s gift shop.$5 Donation at the door.  Call ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
Come join the fun creating your Gingerbread House on Friday Dec. 18th 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the HUB. Decorate your own Gingerbread House to your heart’s delight with frosting and candies. This is great fun for the whole family and friends alike.  Gingerbread Houses are in limited supply, so make sure to reserve your house in advance.  Please call ACRA at 223-6349.
Learn to speak French with Amel Tafsout.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings starting January 6th.  Level 1 is from 5:30-7 pm and is $70.  Level 2 is from 7- 8pm and is $65.  This series of French classes is being offered at a new location, Lodge Hill a historical building in Plymouth, 18565 Empire St. Please contact Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 or email her at bnichols@amadorgov.org.

Yoga class starts Monday evenings Nov.2nd 3-4:30 pm at the Fiddletown Community Hall. This Yoga class is being offered by Kathyrn Barstow.   Kathryn has a unique style of gentle yoga enjoyed by all ages. Not the twisted pretzel strange position yoga. There will be more up and coming dates and locations for Kathryn’s Yoga classes.  Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or email bnichols@amadorgov.org

11 on 11 Soccer Tournament coming Saturday November 21st at Howard Park in Ione.  Teams can be all Male, all female, or a mix. The cost is $150 per team.  Check in is at 8:30am and play starts at 9:00am.   There will be Double Eliminations and prizes for the winners with random prizes for participants. Call 223-6349 or emailjwilliamson@amadorgov.org.  Info also available on our websitewww.goacra.org Or visit facebook.com/acraevents.
5 on 5 Volleyball Tournament will be held Saturday December 5th at Amador High School.  Check in will be at 8:30 am, play starts at 9:00am.  The cost per team is $50 with Double Elimination. There will starts at 9:00am.   There will be prizes for 1st raffle prizes to be given out to random participants. Please call Katlyn at ACRA at 223-6349 or email Katlyn at kgoehner@amadorgov.org.
ACRA-ARCD Community Garden in Jackson is now taking Plot Reservations. Small raised beds plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $75. There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road, Jackson.   For more information please call Hillary at (209) 304-6901.

ACRA BINGO
American Legion Hall, Tuesdays, Nov 17, Dec 1 & 15
Doors Open No later than… 5:30 !!!
NEW TIMES!
6:00 Early Bird Bingo
6:15 Regular BINGO
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top
Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served)
Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available)
Many Raffle Prizes !!!
We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic Ems! Another chance to win!
Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program Please call 223-6349 for more information.
Thank You to the American Legion Hall for accommodating ACRA’s Bingo!
ACRA’s After School Programs are at The HUB in Jackson, Monday –Thursday 2-5pm. Plymouth at Lodge Hill Tuesdays-Thursdays.Check out goacra.org for more information.  For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349.  For Jackson call Tammy Jo at 223-2300.




Friday, October 30, 2015

ACRA Update - Events, Programs, Classes and More!

Halloween Haunted House at the HUB has been expanded to two evenings this year after last year’s smashing success, Friday October 30th and Saturday October 31st 5-9pm.  Come before or after the parade or trick or treating!  A kid’s haunted house open to all!  Come for the scare if you dare. Wander through the rooms of the “Hospital Horrors”, “Horror House of Dolls”, “Cemetery Creepers”, and “Coffin Crawlers”, “Spider Room” “Witches ’ Brew and Haunted Frames!” This year we are adding Pumpkin Bowling, Cake Walk, Mummy Wrap Race and more.  There will be special activities on Friday including Costume Contest, Trick or trick Bags, and Pumpkin decorating. More Scary details coming your way soon! All of these cool things for a $5 donation at the door. The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson. Please Call 223-6349.  Information is also available on our websitewww.goacra.org Or visit facebook.com/acraevents.

Cemetery Ghost Trails is back by popular demand.  Volcano, Aqueduct, and Pine Grove cemeteries will be covered in this fun & interesting exploration of Amador’s rich past.  Learn the fascinating history of some of our local pioneers while searching for their grave site.  This is a great activity for friends and family. The cost is $10. Call ACRA 223-6349 for more information.

Yoga “Bit By Bit” a gentle exercise instructed by Kathryn Barstow is being held at the HUB Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:30 am starting November 3rd.  Kathryn has a unique style of gentle yoga enjoyed by all ages.  There will be more up and coming dates and locations for Kathryn’s Yoga classes.  Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or email bnichols@amadorgov.org.  Just added starting Monday evenings Nov.2nd 6-7:30 pm at the Fiddletown Community Hall. The fee is $10 per class.

Adult Dodgeball League 6 on 6 starts Saturdays November 7th at 6pm at Argonaut High. The 5 D’s of Dodgeball are Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge. The cost is $200 per team.  Teams can be all female, all male or mixed (High School Players Welcomed) Call 223-6349 or emailjwilliamson@amadorgov.org.  Info also available on our websitewww.goacra.org Or visit facebook.com/acraevents.

11 on 11 Soccer Tournament coming Saturday November 21st at Howard Park in Ione. Teams can be all Male, all female, or a mix. The cost is $150 per team.  Check in is at 8:30am and play starts at 9:00am.   There will be Double Eliminations and prizes for the winners with random prizes for participants. Call 223-6349 or emailjwilliamson@amadorgov.org.  Info also available on our websitewww.goacra.org Or visit facebook.com/acraevents.

5 on 5 Volleyball Tournament will be held Saturday December 5th at Amador High School. Check in will be at 8:30 am, play starts at 9:00am.  The cost per team is $50 with Double Elimination. There will starts at 9:00am.   There will be prizes for 1st raffle prizes to be given out to random participants. Please call Katlyn at ACRA at 223-6349 or email Katlyn at kgoehner@amadorgov.org.

ACRA-ARCD Community Garden in Jackson is now taking Plot Reservations.  Small raised beds plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $75. .  There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road, Jackson.   For more information please call Hillary at (209) 304-6901.
ACRA BINGO
Tuesdays - Nov. 17 & Dec 1 & 15 at the American Legion Hall
NEW TIMES
6:00 Early Bird Bingo
6:15 Regular BINGO
Doors Open No later than 5:30
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top
Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic Ems...another chance to win!
Complimentary Cookies and Coffee.
Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program Please call 223-6349 for more information.

ACRA’s After School Programs at The HUB in Jackson, Monday –Thursday 2-5pm. Plymouth at Lodge Hill is Tuesday – Thursday. Check out goacra.org for more information.  For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349.  For Jackson call Tammy Jo at 223-2300.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

University of California Cooperative Extension to host a Recovering from Wildfire workshop in Calaveras County - Wed Oct 28

The University of California in partnership with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Amador Resource Conservation District and the Amador Fire Safe Council are cohosting a workshop on Recovering from Wildfire: resources for private landowners. Participants will learn about resources available to aid in landscape recovery after wildfire.  The workshop will be held at the San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church St., San Andreas on October 28th, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

The workshop objectives are to increase understanding of the role of wildfire in forest development and change, post-fire issues and treatment options and to provide information on post-fire treatment cost-share programs, tax issues and professional assistance for post-fire treatments for private landowners.

This workshop is focused on the needs of landowners affected by the Butte fire, but also welcomes citizens interested in the future of forests after wildfire, staff and decision makers with state, local, federal and tribal agencies concerned with forest management, defensible space, and water quality.

The workshop is free, however pre-registration is required as seating is limited.  Details and registration can be found on our website: http://ucanr.edu/buttefireworkshop

For additional information, contact Scott Oneto at 209-223-6834 or sroneto@ucanr.edu