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

* 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 For more information on SERVPRO® of Amador/Calaveras Counties, please contact Dan Steele at (209) 223-4423 or

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

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

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  Info also available on our Or visit
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
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.

American Legion Hall, Tuesdays, Nov 17, Dec 1 & 15
Doors Open No later than… 5:30 !!!
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 for more information.  For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349.  For Jackson call Tammy Jo at 223-2300.