Friday, February 27, 2015

AAUW offers scholarship opportunities for Amador County women, deadline to apply is March 16

The Amador Branch of The American Association of University Women is offering $10,000 in college scholarships to local women in 2015. The purpose of the AAUW Scholarship Program is to support Amador County women who are currently working towards a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree, or plan to attend a California Community College.

Four $1,000 Community College Scholarships will be awarded to Amador County residents on the basis of personal and career goals, grade point average, and a personal interview. High school seniors and women who are pursing vocational training or changing careers are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the AAUW Community College Scholarship Chairperson, Kelli Garcia, at 209-304-4800, or

Two $2,000 Upper Division/Graduate Scholarships and/or Re-entry Scholarships will be awarded to Amador County residents on the basis of need, grade point average, and personal and professional goals of the applicant. For more information, contact the AAUW Upper Division/Graduate and Re-entry Scholarship Chairperson, Kathy Guletz, at 209-296-4336 or

And for the year 2015, we will be awarding an additional $2,000 Scholarship for a student focusing in the Sciences in the memory of Dr. Stephen Honeychurch, a local retired physician, and long time supporter and friend of our AAUW Amador Chapter.

Applications may be obtained online at, at the local high schools, and from the Amador County Libraries.

All scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 16, 2015, and cannot be returned.

The Amador Branch of AAUW raises money for these scholarships through its annual Home Tour, which will be held on April 18, 2015. The American Association of University Women seeks to promote educational and employment equity for girls and women through its scholarship program.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ACCF College Information Night - Tues Mar 17

The ACCF is holding a College Information Night on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30PM. Find out more about the programs and services at the Amador Learning Center.
Please help us spread the word!
Amador Community College Foundation

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Backyard Poultry Workshop - Tues Feb 24

Backyard Poultry Workshop – February 24, 2015
A trend in backyard chicken farming is taking hold across the country. People are excited to raise their own poultry and flavorful eggs. In response to a recently adopted backyard poultry ordinance adopted in Tuolumne County by the Board of Supervisors, the University of California Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Tuolumne County Department of Agriculture will be hosting a free workshop on Backyard Poultry Production on Tuesday, February 24th, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora.
The workshop will educate homeowners on caring for and raising backyard chickens, managing them in limited areas and understanding chicken health and wellness. Richard Blatchford, a post-doc at the University of California Davis, Department of Plant Science will present on choosing the right breed, care and handling, housing, and proper nutrition. Local veterinarian, Ken Takeshita will present on poultry health, diseases and prevention. John Ramos with the California Department of Food and Agriculture will discuss egg safety and the proper handling and packaging of eggs.  Lastly, Ron Anderson, a wildlife specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture will discuss the proper techniques for keeping your chickens safe from predators.  
In many jurisdictions including incorporated cities, chickens are often permitted, but restrictions vary and are subject to local ordinances or homeowner association policies. “A simple coop and a little feed are all people need to try their hand at keeping chickens in their yards, if local policies allow it,” said Scott Oneto, a farm advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension. “Chickens can easily earn their keep by providing fresh eggs, reducing insects, and providing a fun, educational connection to nature.”
The workshop is free however it is advised to register in advance. Registration can be done by calling the University of California Cooperative Extension at 209-533-5696 or online at
For more information contact: Scott Oneto, University of California Cooperative Extension, 209-223-6834 or

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Master Food Preservers offer "Sizzling Soups" class in San Andreas - Sat Feb 7

Free Public Class in San Andreas: Sizzling Soups

As the winter winds make our bodies shiver, it’s nice to wrap our cold hands around a steaming bowl of hot soup.  You can pop the top off of a commercial can of soup and amuse yourself trying to pronounce all of the ingredients.  Or you can pop the lid off of a jar of home canned soup, confident that you don’t need internet access to understand what the ingredients are.
Join us for the UCCE Master Food Preservers’ Sizzling Soups class on Saturday, February 7th between 10 a.m. and noon at the Calaveras Senior Center at 956 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.
The first part of this free class will focus on making soups using a pressure canner.  After covering the basics of pressure canning (and why you don’t use a boiling water canner to process soups) you’ll learn how to make vegetable and meat stocks.  You’ll see firm chunks of potatoes in finished soups and learn how to keep them from becoming mush.  Learn how to can vegetable, seafood, and various bean soups, as well as chili.  It’s important to know what you’re able to safely can and what you shouldn’t can, and why.
The second part of the class will focus on freezing and reheating soups.  Some soups are more safely preserved by freezing; learn why.
Join us and learn how to take your favorite recipe and make it safe to preserve.  Let us help you keep warm this winter with sizzling soups!
Contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador/Calaveras Counties at or call 209-223-6484 for any questions.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Friends of the Amador County Library Spring Book Drive - Feb 21 & March 28

FACL BOOK DRIVE: The Friends of the Amador County Library will be holding a Book Drive on Saturday, February 21, 10 am–2pm and Saturday, March 28, 10 am –2pm at the FACL Book Storage Building, 42A Summit Street, Jackson (behind the old Court House).

We accept gently read books and audio-visual materials in good condition. Please, no magazines, VHS or cassette tapes, or damaged materials. For information, call (209) 267-0855. or visit our website: