Monday, October 29, 2012

University of CA to host Forest Landowner Workshops: Learn how to pass on your “Ties to the Land” to the next generation - In Jackson Nov 13

South Lake Tahoe, CA, October 25th, 2012: The University of California is hosting a two-part workshop series on succession planning to help forest landowners learn simple techniques to pass their land and its legacy on to the next generation. The first workshop is being offered at 7 locationsthroughout California. In the central Sierra Nevada, workshops will be held in Auburn on October 30th, Jackson on November 13th, and Sacramento on November 15th. All workshops will be held from 6 to 8 PM.

During this first workshop, participants will learn the steps needed to plan for passing land along to their heirs. An important first step in this process is clarifying the current owners’ goals and values for their family forest or ranch. This allows landowners to start the discussion with heirs about their long term vision for the property. Participants will also learn about the financial impacts of ownership transfers across generations. This first round of identical workshops is being held before the holidays, to allow time for families to get together during the winter holidays and discuss their goals.

The second workshop will be held after the holidays and will cover the financial and legal approaches and  tools such as trusts, limited liability companies, and easements used in succession planning as well as specific planning approaches used to manage land and resources. Dates and times of the second workshop will be announced later.

The workshops will use a curriculum developed by Oregon State University called “Ties to the Land”. The goal of the workshops to help empower forest landowners to pass on both their land and their vision and passion for it to the next generation.

Registration for the workshop is $25 per family to cover costs of the family workbook and DVD. Multiple members of each family are encouraged to attend both workshops. If family members do not live in the same location, they are encouraged to attend the workshop lcoation nearest to them as the curriculum will be the same at each location.

For information on registration, locations of the central Sierra workshops or the entire workshop series, please see the University of California Forest Research and Outreach website or contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or

Thursday, October 18, 2012

FREE CLASS: Basic Internet Skills - Classes start Nov 5

I am the Community Trainer for Amador and Calaveras Counties for California Connects, which provides basic Internet skills training to adults.
I am pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Amador County Recreation Agency, I will be teaching FREE Basic Internet Skills classes at the Amador County Health and Human Resources Building, starting November 5. The classes will be two hours each, for a total of six sessions. Information on classes below:
Feel free to give me a call if you have questions, or would like more information or a presentation to your organization.
Thank you!

Lynn Reinecke
Community Trainer for Amador and Calaveras Counties
California Connects

Basic Internet Skills
Classes Start November 5
6 Sessions
Amador County Health & Human Services Building
Conference Room A
10877 Conductor Blvd.
Sutter Hill

Mon & Wed Afternoons


Mon & Wed Evenings

Call now to sign up!

To sign-up contact:
Lynn Reinecke
Community Trainer
Se habla espaƱol!

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs Oct 18

DATE:  Thursday, October 18, 2012
LOCATION:  810 Court Street, Jackson, CA Conference Room #C          
TIME: 2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF

Discussion/Action Items
1)      Organization: Discussion                                                                                                
a)      John:    Introduction and Account Balance of federal grant
b)      Madeleine:       Report on outreach efforts.  Presentation at Plymouth Rotary
c)      Madeleine:       Account Balance at ACF, including class donations                                                                            
2)      Curriculum Access: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)      Janice/Madeleine:  Report on Coastline Community College strategies and contact effort.
b)      Madeleine:  Preview of ACTC Wine Class and Art Class at ACTC, and possible six week class by Bob Laurent, Night Sky starting after Thanksgiving.
c)      Madeleine:  Folsom Lake CC meeting schedule for 2:00 pm, Monday, October 22, with Dean Gary Hartley and Dave Hindi to request “piloting” Spring classes in 2013.
3)      Partnerships &
4)      Facilities:  Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)      John/Marty:  Report on meeting Thursday, October 4, at ACTC with Folsom Lake CC.
b)      Madeleine:  Letter received from ACF 2012-2013 Fiscal Partnership Agreement, MOU, Attachment A.
5)      Marketing:          
a)      No item.
6)      Finance:  Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)      Ron:  Status Report on filing 501 (c) (3).
b)      Ron:  Proposal and action to proceed in establishing an ACCF bank account.
c)      Madeleine/Frank:  action to submit Ethyl Grant $2,500 proposal which requires 100% match funds from the ACF account.
Committee Member Initiatives (Non agenda items reported/Suggested by members) 

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Foothill Charter School Cookie Spooktacular - Sat Oct 20

Monday, October 8, 2012

Computer Classes: Adobe Photoshop & Microsoft Word - Mon Oct 22

 Adobe Photoshop & Microsoft Word
Senior Center, Jackson
Adobe Photoshop, 9AM-noon
Microsoft Word, 1-4 PM
Classes $10 each ($2 for a retake of a class you've already paid for)

As of now, I have two loaners for the Microsoft Word class (I'm allowed to use the program on three personally owned computers so can legally put it on all my computers.  For Microsoft Word, I have one loaner in 2007 and one in 2010 (2007 and 2010 are VERY similar.)

If you would like to take the class and don't have a laptop, let me know you would like to work with one of my extra PC's.  As usual, if you're not at all familiar with either program, I highly recommend taking the class the first time by just watching the demonstration--it's pretty hard to keep up with the curriculum if it's all brand new to you.  You're always welcome to retake it when you've had a chance to play with the commands and tools available!  (SORRY, Adobe Photoshop does not allow me to download the program onto more than one computer so there is no loaner for that course.)

Bonnie Evans

Adobe Photoshop
Monday, October 22nd, 9 AM - Noon
Senior Center
$10 for first timers ($2 for a retake, please bring your manual)
Although this is a beginning computer class, computer confidence is a BIG plus.  This program does so much but has a slightly higher learning curve than WORD.  If you have never played with the program, I suggest you attend this class without your computer!
Learn how the Tool Bar, Options Bar, and Tool Kit work together to enhance and correct photos.  We will cover many corrective and creative features in this program (feathering, cropping, erasing, spot healing, creating patches to remove obstacles, etc.)

Microsoft Word
Monday, October 22nd, 1-4PM
Senior Center
$10 for first timers ($2 for a retake, please bring your manual!)
Beginners class. Learn how to: create files and folders, default settings, fonts, styles, margins, orientation and page numbers.  The second half of the class will introduce some of this incredible program's 'Insert' options: inserting WordArt, Clip Art, pictures, tables, drop caps, and as much as razzle-dazzle as we can fit into the session.

Via Citizen Report: Coalition Rally - Fri Oct 19

NO on 32   YES on 30
Teachers and School employees
Friday October 19, 2012
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Highway 49, in front of MacDonald's and Holman's
Please join us in a fight to preserve our voice in Sacramento and support school funding.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest - Deadline is Nov 16

Calling all 9th through 12th Grade Students of Amador and Calaveras Counties:

The Sierra Amador Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the first step of an essay contest on Christopher Columbus and we are asking for your contributions. Become the winner of this contest at the National level and you will be awarded an all expense paid trip for you and a parent/guardian to Washington DC and $1000 to read your essay before the National Italian American Foundation in October, 2013.

There are prizes for second and third place essays as well. Become our local winner and you will be recognized by our chapter at our January, 2013 meeting as your first step in the process of selecting a national winner. Other steps to the final prize include having the best essay at the district regional, and the state levels.

The essay is to be between 800 and 1250 words long and entitled "How did the faith and courage of Christopher Columbus give to mankind a new world?" The judging of your essay will include historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, interest, and originality. Those pesky details of grammar, spelling, punctuation and neatness will also be considered. Your word processed entry must be submitted no later than November 16, 2012 for consideration by our chapter's impartial panel of three judges.

For further information on the contest, a complete description of the topic and a suggested reading list for inspiration contact Janet van Mastrigt at 295-2528 or by email at