Monday, August 31, 2015

UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Amador and El Dorado announce Training 2016

UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Overview of 2016 Volunteer Training Program

Orientation Meeting, September 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening and landscaping.
Who Can Apply?
·   Any resident of El Dorado or Amador County. First priority is for El Dorado County residents.
·   Residents of Amador County will train in El Dorado County but will be Master Gardeners in Amador County.
·   Applicants need internet access; most communication will be through email and websites.
How to Apply
·   Sign up on our MG Training interest list at
·   Attend training overview meeting to learn about the UCCE Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, your participation requirements, and the training requirements. Tuesday, September 15 from 3-5pm in Placerville. RSVP to 530-621-5528.
·   Complete and submit the online application by October 1, 2015.
What We’ll Do
·   Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience successfully gardening.
·   Conduct interviews during the week of October 12-16. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status.
·   Require a background check, including fingerprinting. If you are accepted, we will email you a link to our Live Scan webpage for forms and a list of Live Scan locations.
·   Teach you to research home gardening solutions. Training topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable and fruit gardening, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques.
·   Provide you with a mentor and plenty of volunteer and continuing education opportunities.
What You’ll Do If Accepted into the 2016 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
·   By November 16, 2015 pay course fee of $200 online or mail a check made payable to “UC Regents” to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.
·   Complete the fingerprinting process by November 30, 2015.
·   Attend 15 weekly classes on Thursdays, January 14 through April 28, 2016, from 9am-4pm in Placerville.  Only one class may be missed.
·   Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually.
·   Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions.)
·   Attend your county’s monthly MG Continuing Education/General meetings as often as possible.
For more information, contact Tracy Celio at 530-621-5532 or

The University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities. (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at   Should you need assistance or require special accommodations for any of our educational programs, please contact us at 530-621-5502.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Amador Community College Foundation Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF), a non-profit organization that operates the Amador Learning Center, announced today that two new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors.  The new board members are:  Kristen Root and Ken Centanni. 

Kristen Root holds a BA in International Relations and is currently finishing a Master of Public Policy Degree where she is specializing in State and Local Policy. She has experience in conducting community outreach surveys, as well as local government financing and non-profit management. She has worked full time at Annie Eagan Consulting, a fundraising firm, where she raised funds for a number of political candidates, elected officials and non-profits such as the Oakland Ballet, as well as unions such as the Sprinkler Fitters, and most notably the Peralta Community College Foundation (PCCF).  In June, she was appointed a member of the American Association of University Women’s national governance committee where she will help oversee AAUW’s bylaws, policies and voting process.

Ken Centanni is a local Real Estate Broker as well as a Certified Real Estate Appraiser. Ken has years of practical business experience managing his own businesses in the Los Altos/San Jose Region.  He has a BS Degree, Marketing from San Jose State University.  Ken is President of Up Country 88 Lions.  Ken holds a committee position with the Amador County Recycle Task Force, as the Up County Representative. Finally, he is active with Amador County elections as a sworn election official.

ACCF Board Officers are: Paul Molinelli, Jr., Board Chair; Jason Ralphs, Vice-Chair; Russ Brown, Treasurer; and, Karen Dickerson, Secretary.  Continuing Board Members are: Cathy Snyder, Janice Davis, Angelica Ervin, Frank Leschinsky, and Supervisor Lynn Morgan.
ACCF Board Chair, Paul Molinelli, Jr., welcomed the new members.  “Serving on the board of a thriving non-profit like the Amador Community College Foundation requires dedication, time, and a commitment to improving our communities.  We are incredibly grateful for the service of all of our board members and the cadre of volunteers serving as tutors and mentors for providing their time and talents to strengthening our organization and providing a positive impact on the education of our county residents. Thank you for your service.”  Molinelli continued, “It is always exciting to welcome new members to the board, who bring with them a fresh perspective and a different personal approach.  I know that their service will provide tremendous benefits to the board and organization as a whole.” 

Amador Community College Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Amador County, operates the Amador Learning Center which offers student support services to Amador residents participating in distance education courses through 5 participating community colleges: Foothill College, Folsom Lake College, Coastline College, Alan Hancock College, and Shasta College.  For more information, contact Matt Swanson, Amador Learning Center Coordinator, at 223-6393 or  View the website at

The mission of the Amador Community College Foundation is to advocate, facilitate and support higher educational opportunities in Amador County.  The ACCF Board is dedicated to “Educating Amador for Success!”

FACL Book Drive - Sat Sept 26

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Over 250 students benefit from 2015 Back-Pack 2 School Project

2015 Back-Pack 2 School Project

Since 2007, the Camanche Lake and Upcountry Community Centers have coordinated the Back-Pack 2 School Project.  This county-wide project provides backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need living in Amador County who are going into grades K-12.  Our goal is to have our students feel supported by their community to be successful in school, graduate, and go on to higher learning. 

This year, over 250 students received backpacks and school supplies through the generous support of local individuals, businesses and community organizations.  Special thanks go out to Trinity Episcopal Church, Upcountry Rotary, Faith Lutheran Church, American River Bank, Claypool’s Gift and Home, Pine Grove Video, the Corvette Club

The Community Centers collect school supplies year round.  If you or your organization would like to make a donation, please contact 296-2785 to receive a list of needed supplies or to make a monetary donation.  You can also follow the project on Facebook at Amador County Back-Pack 2 School Project.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Amador County 4-H Open Enrollment Going on Now!

Jackson, California (August 17, 2015)— More than 6 million young people across the country are enjoying 4-H today! 4-H offers young people many new opportunities allowing them to make an impact on the community, and step up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. Amador County 4-H is a volunteer youth development program open to all youth between the ages of 5 to 18 years old sponsored by the University of California and the County of Amador.
Six clubs: Fiddletown, Gold Nuggets in Plymouth, Ione Community, Jackson Gold Wheels, Shenandoah Valley, and Willow Springs make up Amador county 4-H.  Each of these clubs offers several club projects like gardening, cooking, photography and various animal projects for its members to work in.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
·         Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
·         Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors like, and
·         Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. In Amador County, more than 180 4-H youth and 40 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.
To learn more about 4-H or to enroll today visit call the Amador County 4-H Office at 209-223-6484
Contact:      Vera M. Allen, Program Representative

FACL Book Drive - Aug 22 and Sept 26

The Friends of the Amador County Library is accepting donations of gently read books and audio-visual materials in good condition on Saturday, August 22 and September 26,  from 10 am – 2pm at the FACL Book Storage Building, 42A Summit Street, Jackson (behind the old Court House).
For information, call (209) 267-0855.
Please, no magazines, VHS or cassette tapes, or damaged materials.
The Friends of the Amador County Library is a 501(c)3 organization.
All donations are tax deductible.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs Aug 20

Amador Community College Foundation


DATE:                          Thursday, August 20, 2015
LOCATION:                 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA          Conference Room #C
TIME:                           2:30 PM Open Session of Regular Meeting of ACCF – Public welcome

Discussion/Action Items                                                                                           __________

1)       Public Comment:  Public welcome and introductions.  At this time the Board will hear comments from the public.

2)       Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve                                                  
a)       Karen: request for approval of July 16th minutes – action item
b)       Russ: Report on bank balances
c)       Angelica: report on bookkeeping activities
d)       Paul: recommendations of sub-committee for board vacancies and request for approval – action item
e)       Karen:  schedule closed session for strategic planning – action item

3)       Curriculum Access: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)       Matt/Janice: Update on Amador Learning Center activities

4)       Partnerships: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)       Karen: MOU with Folsom Lake College – action item
b)       Karen: Digital NEST model
5)       Marketing/Finance/Fundraising:  Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)       Wyman: report on Gala progress and call for help – action item

Committee Member Initiatives (Non agenda items reported/Suggested by members) 

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"Start A Heart" Compression Only" CPR Class - Thurs Aug 20

Next available course is August 20th at the Jackson Civic Center from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There is no cost and no need to keep up any type of certification. This is an informative class only, and people can learn CPR in approximately 30 minutes. More information is below:

Just a little information on what we are doing and what the CASH coalition is. CASH, or Calaveras Amador Start-a-Hearth coalition, was founded on the basis to bring community awareness to compression only CPR and the benefits of having our community taught in this life saving skill. For every minute that a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest does not receive compressions, their survival rate decreases by 10%. So you can see how just a short downtime can dramatically affect the outcome of one of these emergencies. As first responders, we have an average response time in Jackson of 6 ½ minutes before we arrive on scene, that is almost a 70% decrease in the chances of us bringing somebody back to life once we arrive. By teaching our community, we are hoping that the compressions will start prior to our arrival, and help us in our job of saving. Our goal with CASH is to teach 50% of our communities within 5 years. We are still in our 1st year of being formed, but we have already taught hundreds of our citizens. This coalition is put together by various entities, such as fire departments, our local ambulance providers, hospitals, CERT teams and other volunteer based organizations.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to answer them. Have a great day!
Cody Martinsen
Captain - Jackson Fire Department
33 Broadway
Jackson, CA  95642
(209) 223-9039 Station

Monday, August 3, 2015

Amador Community College Foundation Presents: “La Bella Notte” - Sat Nov 7

The Amador Community College Foundation presents its 3rd annual gala “La Bella Notte” (The Beautiful Night) at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Grand Oak Ballroom on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 11:00 PM.
Themed d├ęcor will create magic and mystery transporting you to the famed Masquerade Balls of Renaissance Venice.  La Bella Notte will delight you with entertainment from a variety of local talent including classical violin solos by Giorgi Khokhobashvili, operatic arias performed by Kellsey Long, Nicole Mulford, and Jake Guidi, and classical ballet and contemporary dance by Kids on Stage.  Elegant plated Italian cuisine featuring Bistecca Florentine and Shrimp Scampi followed by Roman Style Tiramisu will delight your palate.  A panoply of live and silent auction items will showcase a breathtaking array of items for your shopping pleasure.  Partygoers are encouraged to wear a mask and awards will be offered for most original design, creative use of materials, and best couple coordinated masks.

Your passport to “La Bella Notte” is offered at: under community events or via the link at for $100 per person.  Tables of 10 are available for groups.  All proceeds benefit the two Amador Learning Centers operated by the Amador Community College Foundation, a volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate, facilitate, and support higher education in Amador County.

La Bella Notte Masquerade Ball is a rare opportunity for Amador County to join together for a fun filled evening while raising much-needed funds for the Amador Learning Centers providing higher education programming. “This year more than ever, we appreciate the generous contributions from our friends in Amador County who continue to support the Amador Community College Foundation," states Paul Molinelli, Jr., ACCF Board Chair. Molinelli said the funds raised at the event will help ACCF enhance and expand support services to Amador college students from ongoing mentoring through application, orientation, assessment, and course registration to financial assistance and tutoring.  “Eighty-three percent of students in our program are economically disadvantaged and the Amador Learning Centers provide them with the tools – academic and financial to be successful in college!” reports Molinelli.

Amador Learning Centers are Educating Amador for Success!  That’s more than a motto or byline.  The offerings include more than 50 AA/AS degrees and certificate programs provided locally through distance education.  There are two physical venues: one for student support services of mentoring, tutoring, and collaboration, the other for interactive video courses. ACCF’s offerings include content from Alan Hancock College, Coastline Community College, Folsom Lake College, Foothill Community College, and Shasta College.
ACCF programs are especially appealing to those students that lack transportation, need financial assistance, work full time, or want to save money for their four-year goals.  If a student lacks broadband or a computer, the Amador Learning Centers offer students access to a laptop and computer lab with high-speed connectivity at no charge.
La Bella Notte promises to be an unforgettable night of style, surprises and amusement, benefiting a worthy cause. Surely an event not to be missed! Can you help us raise funds for college programs in Amador County?  We need your help because so many of our young people can’t afford to go away to college.
We wish to acknowledge and thank the generosity of our premier business sponsors:  Jackson Rancheria Casino and Volcano Communications Group.

Please join us and Help Unmask a Beautiful Mind (aiutare smascherare una bella mente)!