Thursday, February 26, 2015

ACRA offers Saturdays at the Hub

SATURDAYS AT THE HUB - All day fun at the HUB, all ages welcomed! Moms, dads, grandparents…come play with the kids or just hang out! Play Ping Pong, Activities, Pool, Board Games, Foosball, Air Hockey, Group Games. Snacks Provided. Only $5. 10am to 5pm on the following dates: March 28, April 18, May 23. Call ACRA at 223-6349 or email Katelyn at

PG&E Awards $59,000 to Amador Fire Safe Council

Funding Supported Fuel Reduction and Public Safety Project
Amador County, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) today showcased the fuel reduction and fire safety vegetation management work that was recently completed to help reduce catastrophic wildfire.
The vegetation management work targeted three high-risk neighborhoods in Amador County with nearly 100 percent participation by all residents. The work primarily consisted of road edge clearing to remove hazardous brush and fuel along power lines and was offered at no cost to homeowners.
“This fuel reduction work will improve safety and help support electric reliability in the area. The partnership with the Amador Fire Safe Council was a great success and an excellent example of nonprofit  and private organizations working together for the greater good,” said Nick Glero, manager for PG&E’s Stockton Division.
Many of the roads where the work occurred are one lane. The project increased road edge clearance which also improves public and first responder safety for ingress and egress during emergencies. Another element of the work AFSC was able to accomplish was public education with the creation and distribution of an 18-page “Homeowner's Guide to Living in the Wildland/Urban Interface” and six public education events in the targeted communities.
“Through this project, we were able to remove hazardous brush and create roadside fuel breaks in each community, greatly increasing safety for residents and first responders. An unexpected bonus from this project came during our three recent extreme wind events during which the lights stayed on,” said Cathy Koos Breazeal, executive director of AFSC.
In 2014, PG&E funded $5.5 million to fire safe councils to complete these types of projects throughout its service area in a public, private and community partnership.

About AFSC
AFSC is an Amador-based nonprofit partnering with PG&E, CALFIRE, Amador’s fire departments, the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, offering free chipping, defensible space and public education since 2002.
About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

Monday, February 23, 2015

43rd AAUW Home Tour “Vines, Views & Villas” - Sat Apr 18

Amador County’s 43rd Annual Home Tour, sponsored by the American Association of University Women’s Amador Branch, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
"Vines,Views & Villas" is a tour of rural Amador County that includes 4 homes and a history laden cemetery, all within 10 miles from the historic cities of Jackson and Sutter Creek. The tour will be Saturday April 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be docents to guide, an art show to view, tea and cookies to enjoy, and special lunch venues will round out the tour.  Tickets are $22 or $25 on the day of the tour.

AAUW Home Tour “Vines, Views & Villa”
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:  Amador County within 10 miles of Jackson/ Sutter Creek
Region:  Mother Lode


Purchase tickets after March 16th in:
Jackson @ Lady’s First
Ione @ Ione Pharmacy
Pine Grove @ Pine Cone Drug
Plymouth @ Amador 360
Sutter Creek @ Coming Attractions

On Tour Day, tickets available at the above locations and at Amador STARS, 60 Ridge Rd., Suite D, Sutter Creek (on the right between Barron’s and Umpqua Bank, about 1/2 block east of the signal at Sutter Hill).

Purchase by mail before April 8 at:
AAUW Home Tour
c/o Sarah Hart
19974 Jesus Maria Road, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245

Questions: Contact Lani at (209) 245-6052 or or visit:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Daffodil Hill opens its gates for its 75th season on Feb 23

Do you have the desire to experience Spring at its finest? Then a trip to the amazing and lovely Daffodil Hill should be top on your list of things to do. Daffodil Hill will open its gates for its 75th season on Feb 23rd and stay open through early April ~ 2015, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to call the recorded phone message at (209) 296-7048 to see if Daffodil Hill is open that day. Daffodil Hill is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, CA. 95689 and is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.  No pets are allowed on the property.

Each spring, Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms, attracting visitors from around the world. Approximately 6 acres of the 540 acre Daffodil Hill ranch is dedicated to the daffodils. As many as 500,000 annual blooms are there for your pleasure. Visitors are welcome to walk through this beautiful display of nature or just sit on a bench and soak in the wonderful experience of the Daffodils. This is also a perfect setting for photos of all kinds.
Daffodil Hill is in a beautiful alpine setting at an elevation of over 3,000 feet. With pine trees, an old barn, wagon wheels, and rusting mining equipment and farming tools, it appeals to anyone with a love of nature. Flowers are everywhere, with peacocks, chickens, pigeons and miniature donkeys making themselves at home.

Nature sets the schedule for public viewing. Daffodil Hill opens when 25 percent of the flowers are in bloom and closes when only 25 percent remain. The best time to visit Daffodil Hill is the spring, usually from mid-March to mid-April. Daffodil Hill is open only at this time of year, after that it goes back to a working ranch. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy some of the concessions there. After your visit to Daffodil Hill, come back down to Sutter Creek for unique shopping, wine tasting, dining and more history.

There is no admission charge or parking fee to visit the family ranch, but there are many yellow teakettles and pots around so that anyone, if they desire, may donate to keep this precious, family run, tradition alive.  This is a rare opportunity to experience History and Nature together in one of Amador County’s best treasures.

Directions to Daffodil Hill
Daffodil Hill is approximately 12 miles from Sutter Creek.
Sutter Creek is located on Old Highway 49 in Amador County, accessible from Sacramento via Highway 16 (Jackson Rd.) or from Stockton via Highway 99 (Highway 88 turnoff).
From Sutter Creek, turn East on Gopher Flat Road. Drive for approximately 3 miles and turn left at the third stop sign which is Shake Ridge Road.  Drive about 9 miles on Shake Ridge Road to Rams Horn Grade.  You have arrived! Sorry, No pets allowed on grounds of Daffodil Hill.

At the time the 36-acre ranch was purchased in 1887, the early days of the Gold Rush, it served as a way-station for teamsters hauling timber from the Sierras down to the Kennedy and Argonaut Mines, and for east bound travelers heading for the Comstock Lode on the Amador-Nevada Wagon Road (Highway 88) and others traveling the road from Kit Carson Pass. The McLaughlin’s continued the way-station operation, renting rooms, and serving meals (breakfast for 25 cents) to the travelers and providing feed and shelter for their animals.  For many years the loft of the ranch barn that still stands today, was used for “Saturday Night” dances for guests and neighbors. The owners Arthur and his wife, Lizzie, began to plant the first daffodil bulbs in their spare time. The bulbs have since been lovingly nurtured.
Not a commercial enterprise, the ranch has been owned by the same family since it was acquired in 1887 by wagon pioneers Arthur McLaughlin and Elizabeth “Lizzie” van Vorst-McLaughlin. The McLaughlin’s descendants, the Ryan family, have continued to personally plant several thousand new bulbs a year. The Ryan brothers and their families, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren plant an average of 12,000 daffodil bulbs per year!
The hill is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.  Admission and parking are free. Food is available for sale at the concession stand across the road. Please call (209) 296-7048 to make sure Daffodil Hill is open the day you wish to visit. Daffodil Hill is also on Facebook.