Monday, September 28, 2015

Jackson Fire Department joins NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, Oct 4-10: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!

The Jackson Fire Department Reminds Jackson’s Residents:
Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!

Jackson, California, September 28, 2015 – Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Jackson Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Cody Martinsen, Captain. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.

The Jackson Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the

Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Jackson or to schedule one, please contact the Jackson Fire Department at (209) 223-9039. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s Web site at  and

Harvest Quilt Show - Oct 3-4

Sierra Gold Quilters Guild is proceeding with its Harvest Quilt Show on October 3 & 4, 2015 at the Amador County Fairgrounds, despite the devastating Butte Fire.

The show will include a great variety of beautiful quilts, featured quilter Sue Green, an Opportunity Quilt raffle, vendor booths, Country Store, raffle baskets, hourly prizes, window displays, a small quilt auction, and refreshments catered by Blue Moon Café.

This event will be located at the Amador County Fairgrounds is at:
18621 Sherwood St., Plymouth, CA 95669

The Show is on Saturday from 10:00 am–5:00 pm and Sunday from 10am-4:00pm.        
Entry: $7:00. Husbands, Children under 12 are free.
Please come out and celebrate with this very resilient community!
For more information, visit us at

Friday, September 25, 2015

ACRA Events, Classes, Programs and More!


This Year’s Tri-Amador Triathlon will be held on Sunday October 4th, 2015.  This is an USAT Sanctioned Triathlon.  If you are not a member we will sign you up, included in the price.  The swim takes place in the waters of Lake Camanche, the bike ride features a loop through the beautiful hills of Buena Vista, and the run is an out-and-back on the Lakeview China Gulch Trial.  Race shirts are guaranteed to sign ups prior to Sept. 15th. Sprint Individual is $75 and Sprint Relay is $100. Check in begins at 6:30 am Race starts at 8:30am, Olympic Individual is $90 and Olympic Relay $130.  Check in begins at 6:30 am and the Race starts at 7:30 am.  Call 223-6349 or  Info also available on our Or visit
Halloween Haunted House at the HUB has been expanded to two evenings this year after last year’s mashing 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 Or visit
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.
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  Info also available on our Or visit
Adult Women’s Basketball starts up Sunday nights October 18th2015.  All games played at Argonaut High School. Open gym Basketball October 11th from 5-7pm at Argonaut.  The cost is $350 per team. High School players welcomed.  Call 223-6349 or  Info also available on our or visit
Volleyball open gym is ongoing every Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 pm on going at Argonaut High School.  Open gym is open to Co-ed adults and High School students. There will be two nets set up and all skill levels are welcome! The price is $2 per person and your first visit is free.  Any questions please contact John at ACRA 223-6349 or email
Photography Class is now being offered by returning instructor Hillary Solsbery   This class will cover photo composition, basic camera functions-DSLR, Intro to camera equipment and accessories, tripods, external flashes, lenses, memory cards.  This six week course begins October7th. Class meets every Wednesday 5:30-7pm at the HUB Youth and Community Center.    For more information Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or
Internet Safety Seminar, (new day and time), is now being offered 10-2pm Saturday October 24th, 2015 at the Health and Human Services Building. 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek.  You will learn identity protection, how to avoid scams, safer online banking, social network’s dos and don’ts, virus protection, scams circulating in Amador County and much more.  This seminar will be taught by Tori Moody, Co-Owner of CPU Computers.  The cost of this seminar is $30.  Please provide your own lunch.  For more information Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or
ACRA-ARCD Community Garden in Jackson is now taking Plot Reservations. Small plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $50. Large plots are 4x24 with an annual fee of$100.  There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road, Jackson Please call ACRA at 223-6349  
ACRA-ARCD Community Garden presents Let’s Grow Together, Youth Fall Gardening Program. Fridays 3:00pm to 5 pm, Sept. 18th to October 30th.  Parents must child by 5:15 at the garden. Some of the classes will be composting, transplanting, drip irrigation, seed planting, snack making, garlic and onion planting, herb garden, pumpkin carving and culminating a Halloween Costume party with games and snacks.  Each class is $5.  Please Contact Barbara or Brenna at 223-6349 and  email  or bscholtes

”Finding the Mother Lode” Movie! made for PBS - Italian Immigrants in Amador  County and the West Coast … By Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien
Available for purchase now!
This movie is slated to be shown on PBS sometime in the Future….Featuring Amador historians Carolyn Fregulia, Doug Ketron and John Leggett. This movie features the unique migration of the Italians to Amador County and the west coast.
Unabridged copy
For more information call 223-6349
$25 total…at the ACRA office
Amazon….$28.95 plus tx. And handling.
American Legion Hall
Tuesdays, September  Oct. 6 & 20, Nov.*17 & Dec 1 & 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 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 starting up once again. The HUB in Jackson is Monday –Thursday 2-5pm starting August 10th…Plymouth at Lodge Hill is Tuesday – Thursday starting August 11th.   Check out for more information.  For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349.  For Jackson call Barbara at 223-2300.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Red Cross Client Assistance Center Opens Today, Saturday, September 19

People Can Get Clean-Up Supplies, Meet with Recovery Caseworkers
Jackson, CA, Thursday, September 19, 2015 – The American Red Cross will open a Client Assistance Center to help people affected by the Butte Fire beginning Saturday, September 19, 2015. The center is located at the St. Katharine Drexel Parish at 11361 Prospect Dr., in Jackson, California. The Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., for the next few days.
Residents from Amador and Calaveras Counties who were affected by the Butte Fire are welcomed at the assistance center to begin the recovery process. Red Cross caseworkers are available to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate assistance from the Red Cross and other agencies. Caseworkers will meet one-on-one with residents to help them with their specific disaster-caused emergency needs such as clean-up or new housing assistance, transportation costs, furniture and clothing replacement.
Additionally, Red Cross volunteers will be distributing clean-up kits with mops, buckets, bleach, trash bags and rakes at this center and additional locations.
“Red Cross volunteers are loading trucks and traveling to affected neighborhoods with food and supplies. Our disaster workers are doing whatever we can to reach more people who need help,” said Teresa Caver, Interim CEO of the American Red Cross Gold Country Region.  “We understand that people are living in very tough conditions. The uncertainty of whether people will have homes to return to makes this an emotionally draining time. Red Cross mental health volunteers are supporting residents as they learn the status of the homes.”
Red Cross healthcare workers will also be there to help with minor medical needs, and trained mental health workers will be available to provide emotional support and coping strategies.
The American Red Cross will also be available at the Calaveras Local Assistance Center (CLAC) and provide information about available assistance. The CLAC will be operating at the Calaveras County Government Center located at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas starting today at 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and will be open until Monday.
Shelters remain open at Jackson Rancheria in Amador County, the Good Samaritan Church, and the Jenny Lynn Veterans Hall in Calaveras County. More than 1500 people sought refuge in our shelters and many more are visiting every day for hot meals and information about what help is available.
Trained Red Cross health and mental health workers are providing services to people at the shelters, including emotional support and replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses.
The Red Cross has provided the following to people impacted by the fires:
o       More than 5,400 overnight stays in shelters
o       More than 32,000 meals and snacks
o       More than 2,300 health and mental health services
Stay informed: The Red Cross has several smartphone apps available that will alert you to National Weather Service warnings for severe weather and flash flooding and provide you with preparedness and safety information. These free apps are available for download at
At this time, the American Red Cross of Gold Country Region is fortunate to have volunteers who are trained, ready and willing to support our response to the flooding in our communities. We thank individuals and community groups who are willing to support this effort and encourage them to register to become new volunteers to help with future disaster responses. Learn more and register online at /volunteer and complete the online application.
About the American Red Cross Gold Country Region
Founded in 1898, the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross serves 4.4 million people in 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. The 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.
For more information, visit our website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Media advisory: NOAA will issue its El Niño forecast update on September 10

NOAA will issue its El Niño forecast update on September 10
Media teleconference scheduled
Maureen O'Leary, , 301-427-9000

September 8, 2015

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center will host a media teleconference to discuss its scheduled monthly update to the El Niño forecast on Thursday, September 10 at 12 noon EDT.
El Niño developed in March 2015 and continues to strengthen. In NOAA’s August update, forecasters announced that this El Niño could become among the strongest on record and will likely last into early spring 2016. Strong El Niño events are characterized by ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean at the Equator at least 1.5 degrees Celsius above normal for three months.
Strong El Niños can result in more frequent and intense storms and heavy rain and snowfall in certain parts of the country, an increase in tropical cyclones in the Pacific and decreased hurricanes in the Atlantic.  Predicting how strong this El Niño could become, and the effects storms may have on the West Coast, is difficult. However, even if the West Coast sees above normal rain and snow this winter, the amount of precipitation likely won't be enough to erase four years of record-breaking drought conditions for California.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the nation’s official source for seasonal and climate outlooks, updates the El Niño/Southern Oscillation Diagnostic Discussion on the second Thursday of each month.
WHAT:            Update on El Niño forecast, media teleconference
WHO:              Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center
WHEN:            Thursday, Sept. 10, 201512 noon (EDT)
CALL-IN:         Domestic:1-888-282-0173                       International:1-773-756-4704                       Passcode:NOAA

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