Monday, December 12, 2016

Flyfishing Class - March 25 & 26 and April 8

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday March 25th & 26th, 9am-4pm, and Saturday April 8th
WHERE: The HUB (206B Main St in Jackson)
PRICE: $45
For more information, please contact Barbara at ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or, or visit ACRA online at

Photography Class - Six-week class begins on January 11

When: Jan 11, 2017  for  6 Wednesdays, 5:30pm -7pm
Where: The Hub, 206B Main St, Jackson ,
Who: Anyone who is interested in learning about their DSLR camera
Cost: $75 for the course
CLASS INFO: For more information, please contact Barbara from ACRA at 223-6349 or e-mail, or visit ACRA online at

Become a UCCE Master Food Preserver - Training program begins in February 2017

Become a UCCE Master Food Preserver

By Sue Mosbacher, UCCE Master Food Preserver Program Coordinator

Are you interested in becoming a certified UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteer and teaching others how to preserve food at home? Apply for the next volunteer training program in Jackson starting in February. While experience with canning and drying food is a bonus, it isn’t required.

Traditionally our volunteer training programs are taught in weekly half-day classes over a span of two months. This year we’re spreading it out over four months with two classes a month on a Friday and a Saturday. The goal is to make it easier for anyone working to only take one day off a month instead of four or five days. (There are three classes in February to fit in a Food Safety class with a microbiologist from UC Davis.)

Want to learn more? Visit our website at and join us at one of our three training program overview meetings on December 9, January 7 or January 13 in Jackson at the GSA Building, 12200 Airport Road. At these one-hour informational meetings you'll learn about the mission of the UC Master Food Preserver program, the educational events we provide in our community, the training required to become certified, and the annual requirements for active members. RSVP by calling 530-621-5528 or email Robin at

About UCCE Master Food Preservers
The University of California Master Food Preserver Program extends UC research-based information about home food safety and preservation to the public. The UC Master Food Preserver Program is a public service and outreach program under the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices. For more information about our local program, visit

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Frosty's Magic Hat" presented by Tony Borders - Wed Dec 7

Ventriloquist Tony Borders returns to the library in Jackson
December 7, 2016 2:30-3:30 for a special holiday treat,
Frosty's Hat. Fun for all ages!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Amador College Connect seeks your support!

We so appreciate your support of Amador College Connect, our college center that provides local residents the opportunity to earn career technical certificates, AA/AS degrees, and/or transfer programs locally through our distance education programs offered by partner colleges. We also offer a full array of support services to students including tutoring, mentoring, assistance with financial aid and educational planning.  

We’ve recently moved to the Jackson Creek Plaza into a new store front location that provides more visibility. ACCF is serving approximately 143 students, 74% of which are women and 83% qualify for the Board of Governor’s fee waiver, meaning they earn under $14,000 per year.
Amador County is one of the few counties in our state that doesn’t have a community college affiliation or physical presence. Many young people leave Amador County upon high school graduation, and others commute to community colleges which are 30 miles or more away. Many residents don’t have the resources to move away to attend a school or a have reliable commute vehicle. The ACCF grew to fill this need for college courses and certifications that Amador residents can access locally.

Thanks for whatever you can do! Buy tickets to the Gala on November 5, donate an auction prize for the can make a donation at any time to Amador College Connect online!

For more information, visit:

Friday, September 23, 2016

ACCF announces new Amador College Connect Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that ACCF has hired Lisa Holland Lucke as our new Amador College Connect Coordinator.  She is replacing Matthew Swanson who is leaving us to take a job in Oregon. We will miss Matt very much and wish him much success in his new endeavor.

Lisa Lucke is a writer, editor and former English instructor at Amador and Argonaut High Schools, where she taught general, college prep, and advanced placement English courses. She has remained connected to teaching by providing online writing, tutoring and graduate school application essay instruction to former students. Additionally, in October, she will conduct a newly created college entrance essay workshop for seniors at Argonaut High School.

Lisa brings with her a passion for learning and a strong aptitude for technology. Her experience as both a teacher and managing editor of global trade publications in electronics manufacturing have given her valuable experience and insight into managing teams, materials, and systems. She is thrilled to be on board at ACC and looks forward to helping expand a resource for local residents who may not otherwise be able to attend college classes and further their education.

Lisa is a fourth-generation Amador County resident and lives in Jackson with her husband, a math instructor at Argonaut, and three daughters. Her son is a freshman at University of Nevada, Reno.

Come by Amador College Connect and say hello!

For more information about Amador College Connect, visit:
Phone: 209-217-8239

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Jackson Elementary School - Sat Oct 22

On Facebook at:
For tickets, email

First 5 Amador - September 2016

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
September 2016
September is National Literacy Month, with September 8 marking International Literacy Day.This global movement to commemorate literary awareness marks a unique opportunity for book people to come together and share their passion for a literate world.
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Upcoming Events

Foothill Regional Educational Discussions (FRED)
"Rural Suicide Prevention,"
 by Christa Thompson, LCSW 
Wednesday, September 7, 12:00-1:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson. Call 257-1092 for more information.

Pirate Story Time 
Amador County Library, Jackson Branch
Thursday, September 15, 10:30am
For more information call 223-6400.
Tuesday, September 209:00-11:30am
American Legion Hall, Sutter Creek.
Mom to Mom
Perinatal Wellness Support Group for Pregnant and New Moms 
Second Saturday of every month, 2:30-4:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson. RSVP for free child care, 257-1092.
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Sutter Amador Outpatient Bldg, Mountain Room. Call 257-1092 for more information.
Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-12:00pm
"Mini-Indy," 975 Broadway, Jackson. Call to save your spot, 257-1092.

Making an IMPACT for Children and Families
For child care providers, preschool teachers and other early learning providers.
Wednesday, September 286:00-8:00pm.
975 Broadway, Jackson. Call to RSVP, 257-1092.  

Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar and will start up again Monday, August 8!

For more listings, please visit our Calendar.
Library & Reading Fun!

September is also Library Card Sign-up Month! Stop by the Amador County Library to get your card this month!

The library is also celebrating talk like a Pirate Day September 19th. Mango Languages offers a course in speaking Pirate and if you would like to sign up to learn Pirate you can also enter a Pirate Day Contest
The library is entering the contest too for a chance to win so the more folks who sign up to learn Pirate will give the library a bigger chance at winning. There will be a pirate story time on September 15th at 10:30am.
Program Spotlight
National Literacy Month
September is National Literacy Month! Reading helps children develop four basic thinking skills, including the ability to pay attention, a good memory, the ability to solve problems, and good language skills. 
First 5 Amador further promotes this through their "Talk, Read, Sing" Campaign. Each year, one third of America's children arrive at their first day of school developmentally behind their peers and without the skills necessary to succeed at their grade level, according to Jumpstart, a nationwide leader in promoting early literacy. When children begin behind their peers, catching up, especially without additional assistance, is difficult and unlikely.
It's easy to make reading with your child an every day event. Click here for fun ways to get started!
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In addition, First 5 Amador has partnered with Dolly Parton and the Imagination Library! This free program provided over 5,700 to over 750 Amador County children in the past year. All Amador County children are eligible from birth until their fifth birthday. After signing up, each child will receive one free book in the mail each month. That means that if a child is signed up at birth, they will receive 60 books - for free! For more information and to sign up today click here.

For more great reading resources: 

Amador County Library

Importance of Reading Out Loud
Talk Read Sing

Reading Rockets
Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county on the fourth Saturday of each month. This month join us in Jackson for our Mini Indy!! Click HERE for the flyer with all the information. 
readingtipsQUICK TIPS of the MONTH 
Reading Together! 

It's easy and fun to encourage reading from day one! 
  • Pick a comfortable spot to read in - one with plenty of light.
  • Make it a routine - whether it's right before the breakfast, or right before bed, set aside a special time every day.
  • Give lots of encouragement! Read the words aloud to your child. Point to the pictures. Say the words together. Laugh with your child.
  • It's never too early. Reading can be a bonding activity for you and your new baby. Introduce reading in the very beginning, keep books in the nursery and have your books out for baby and toddler to see!
  • The fun continues after the last page! When you finish a story, ask your child about his/her favorite passages, characters, and illustrations.
Little Free Libraries
Take a book, leave a book!
What is a Little Free Library?
Little Free Libraries offer a way to share good things to read: books that intrigue, books that teach, books that are fun! Whose libraries are these? They belong to everybody: neighbors, friends, people we don't even know yet. Anyone can use them. That's why we want to take care of them. Take a book:
if you see a book you would like to read, take it. Share a book:after you read the book, return it to any Little Free Library, or bring books from home that you would like to share with others.

We have 16 Little Free Libraries in Amador County!
Click HERE to print out a map and go on a search for one near you.


   Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
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760 Amador kids and counting! Get free books for your children! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
All you have to do is read to your child!   
For more information click here. 
It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 |
PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families. 
For more information call us at (209) 257-1092, visit our website,and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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First 5 Amador, PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Online Public School California Connections Academy at Ripon Kicks Off 2016-17 School Year

Students log on for the upcoming school year, as support of online learning grows nationwide, according to national public opinion poll.
Ripon, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2016) – As flexible learning and digital literacy continue to gain momentum, many parents are looking beyond traditional brick-and-mortar schools for their child’s education. A recent national public opinion poll supported by Connections Education found that the vast majority of Americans (76 percent) support online learning options, and that support is even higher among millennial parents (92 percent).
Millennials, now the largest living generation in the country[1], are quickly becoming a generation of parents, and three-fourths of millennial parents (77 percent) say a DIY approach to education, in which learners craft a path to graduation that best fits their needs, is a good idea.
Among the unique education options available to Californians is California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school that serves K-12 students throughout Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus Counties. On Sept. 6, students head back to school for the 2016-17 academic year.
“California Connections Academy provides local families the unique opportunity to shape their own education experience, while still taking advantage of our top-notch curriculum and supportive teachers,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “We look forward to kicking off another successful year of learning with our K-12 students.”
California Connections Academy @ Ripon opened in 2012 and expects to serve approximately 1,000 students in the 2016-17 school year. In addition to the rigorous curriculum, the school offers innovative and unique courses, including foreign languages, digital technology, and game design, as well as Career Technical Education (CTE) courses for students interested in gaining career-specific knowledge. In addition, the school offers core classes in math, science, language arts and social studies, and UC “a-g” approved science wet labs.
California Connections Academy @ Ripon offers a non-traditional learning environment for children who want a flexible schedule, are ahead or behind in the classroom, learn at a different pace from their peers, or want a more individualized approach to learning. State-credentialed teachers work with students to develop customized learning programs that address each student’s personal education needs while maintaining a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. A Learning Coach, generally a parent or other caretaker, also helps to monitor progress in the home.
Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is currently open, with virtual information sessions being held weekly for families interested in learning about the school’s online program and individualized approach to education. For more information on California Connections Academy @ Ripon, please visit the school’s website at
About California Connections Academy @ Ripon
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12, including transitional kindergarten, in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students who meet state residency requirements with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website.