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Carolyn Schmitz
08/01/2014 10:21 AM

Mother Lode Bonsai Club

The Mother Lode Bonsai Club is taking a brief summer break and will not hold a meeting in August. The next meeting will be on Saturday, September 6 at 10 a.m. at the former Calaveras County Water District office, 423 E. St. Charles Street (Hwy. 49), San Andreas. For more information, call Bob Dean at 754-5887 or visit the club website at motherlodebonsai.org. 


NAMI Peer-To-Peer

NAMI presents a command performance of its popular and highly effective Peer-To-Peer Recovery Education Curse, to be held for the first time at the Pine Grove Community Center, where Ridge Road meets Highway 88. Peer-To-Peer is a ten-week educational program to enhance mental health recovery, beginning on Monday, Aug. 11 through Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Upcountry Community Center. This program is for individuals living with mental illness, and is taught by NAMI-trained mentors who are well along in recovery. The goals are to provide education about mental illness, emotional and practical support, independent problem solving and relapse prevention. For more information, call 223-1485 x266.



The Amador County Library, in partnership with the California State Library, offers JobScout. JobScout is for anyone looking for a job in California. JobScout is an online learning platform that will teach you the basic internet skills you need to find a job. If you are overwhelmed by the diversity and amount of online job resources that are complex to navigate and manage, JobScout can help. The user learns on JobScout through a series of lessons and activities. Access JobScout by going to the Amador County Library home page, and click on the JobScout icon. Call 223-6400, for details.


Learn to Speak French

The purpose of this class is to give you an immediate speaking ability in French. Whether planning a trip where French is spoken or just curious and want to expand your horizons, this is the class for you. Classes will be held Wednesdays, now through Aug. 20, from 6  to 7:30 p.m., at the Health and Human Services Building. Cost is $65 per person, and will run for four weeks. Email Amoyer@amadorgov.org to register, or call 223-6349.


Amador Corvette Club

The Amador Corvette Club will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Round Table Pizza, in Martell. Members and those interested in finding out more about the Amador Corvette club meet at 5 p.m., for dinner and socializing, and the meeting  begins at 6 p.m. If you own a Corvette and enjoy friendly get-togethers and fun monthly runs, feel free to join us. Guests and visitors are always welcome. Club meetings occur on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Gayle and Jay, at 274-0506, or visit amadorcorvetteclub.com.


Sponsors Needed

Each year, the Amador County Artists Association hosts a studio tour to showcase the richness and variety of artistic talent in Amador County, and to raise money for scholarships, the student art show and other art-related projects. The tour is free to the public. ACAA generates funds through artist fees and a raffle of works submitted by participating artists. To defray printing and other costs, the ACAA is looking for business or organization to help sponsor the event.  Anyone interested in doing so or obtaining additional information is invited to contact Fundraising Chair Janet Piccola, at 304-6795, or PiccolaPottery@att.net.


Libations & Conversations

AAUW Amador’s Libations & Conversations group meets Wednesday, August 13, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at The Cellar in Sutter Creek.  Our topic of conversation will be “Defining and Finding Work/Life Balance.”  Members, friends and interested women are invited to join us for lively conversation over no-host drinks.  AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  For more information about AAUW Amador visit aauwamador.org, or call 296-0940.


Library Lovers

The Amador County Library Branches, Pine Grove and Pioneer are open at their regular hours which are: Pine Grove Branch, open Tuesday and Wednesday, from noon to 5 p.m., and the Pioneer Branch, open Thursday and Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. The Main Branch, in Jackson, regretfully announces it will be changing its hours to: Monday and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Saturday and Sunday. This is due to a staff shortage. Call the Main Branch with any questions, at 223-6400.


Al-Anon Family Groups

When someone you love drinks too much, Al-Anon is a program to help you deal with it. Al-Anon Family Groups meet in Jackson, at 14 Water Street (entrance on Broadway), five times each week:  Sunday at 6:30 p.m.;  Monday at 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday at 1130 a.m.; and Friday at 7:30 p.m.  In Pine Grove, the meeting is at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, in the meeting room below the market, on Highway 88. No one understands as well as those who have dealt with the same feelings.  For information and to confirm meeting times, call Carol, at 245-3020.

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