Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart. Most of us eagerly anticipate that first delicious fruit of the season. We’re all looking for the perfect tomato. Saturday, August 24th is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting contest at the Sutter Creek Farmers Market located on the corner of Main Street and Gopher Flat Road.
Bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market between 8:30 and 9:30am on Saturday, August 24. The judges will begin their tasting at 10:00am, and winners will be announced by 11:30am. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest tomato by weight as well as best tasting red, non-red, and cherry tomatoes.
After the judging, join us for the public tasting; you’ll have fun tasting all kinds of tomatoes from tiny grape-size to giants the size of grapefruits along with a variety of colors including yellow, orange, pink, tiger striped, and of course, ruby red. We are sure to have a tomato you’ve never tasted before and that may become your new favorite.
For questions email Noreen at
The 22nd annual Winefest will be on Saturday, November 9. This is the major fundraiser event for the arts in Amador County, important because the proceeds benefit visual and performing artists and enhance the arts environment in our schools and the community. The popular Silent Art Auction is one feature that helps to attract the approximately 500 people who attend. While spotlighting the region’s many fine artists, the art auction gives the public the chance to take home some outstanding art knowing that they are helping to financially support the local arts scene.
The non-profit AmadorArts is now inviting artists to be a part of the Art Auction by donating pieces. According to the chair of the Winefest Art Committee, Lilliana Falco, all artists who are interested should email Lilliana atLilliana.firstname.lastname@example.org before August 7th to express their intent to participate with the following information: Name, email, Phone, Artwork Medium, Size, Title, Description, and Value.
Subsequently, they can drop off their "ready to hang" artwork at AmadorArts office, 617 W. Hwy 49, Jackson, anytime between August 7 and September 3 Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm. This location is in All work should arrive in proper packaging, and three-dimensional work, like sculpture and jewelry, should come with a minimum of display aids.
The Silent Art Auction will not only give donated art plenty of attention, but Artists may have business cards to promote themselves.
When artists drop off their works they will notice the large space of the new Amador Arts Center which is scheduled to have many upcoming themed exhibits and receptions in which local artists may participate. Also, ask about the possibility of being hired to be one of the professional artists to teach at Taste of the Arts one-day institute or in the Arts in Education schools program. Additionally, AmadorArts is nominally renting part of its space for artists to give their own workshops.
· Now through August 7 –e-mail intent to donate art for the Silent Art Auction for Winefest (Nov.9, 2019)
· August 7 - September 3, Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm – deliver art to 617 South Hwy 49, Jackson, the Amador Arts Center.
Monday, July 29, 2019
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will be visiting Amador County in August. He will be the featured speaker at the Amador Democrats Annual Dinner on Thursday, August 15.
As the state’s Insurance Commissioner Lara leads the largest consumer protection agency in the nation. His job covers the gamut of the insurance industry from regulating it to advocating on behalf of insurance consumers. As a California State Senator, Lara expanded protections for disaster survivors from losing their homes to insurance cancellations and non-renewals. He wrote the nation’s first climate insurance law, SB30, to engage the insurance industry in the issues surrounding climate linked environmental disasters such as wildfires and sea level rise.
The Democratic Central Committee welcomes Lara as the most knowledgeable government official when it comes to the workings of the California Fair Plan, a bare bones Homeowners policy for those whose regular insurance is cancelled.
The local Democratic Party has been hosting their annual dinner since 2005 and has featured many prominent Democrats in the past including Toni Atkins, current President of the State Senate; Kevin de Leon, past President of the State Senate, Congressman and former Lt. Governor John Garamendi; former State Treasurer, Dave Jones; and current State Treasurer, Betty Yee.
The dinner is to be held in the Ballroom of the Jackson Rancheria on Thursday, August 15 at 6:00pm. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet the two Democratic candidates for Congress, Sean Frame and Brynne Kennedy.
Reservations are required and tickets are available from our website www.amadordemocrats.org or by emailing email@example.com , or calling 209 257 1397.
Are you interested in having home-grown, fresh vegetables this fall and winter? You can grow a larger variety of cool weather crops, here locally, compared to summer vegetables.
Now is the time to plan and to start your fall and winter garden. Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at their Public Education class, “Cultivating Cool Weather Crops” on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9AM to learn some of the possibilities for your garden. Learn what you can grow and when to plant at different elevations and micro-climates. Handouts will be available.
The class is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Classes are held in the GSA Building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9 am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://ucanr.edu/mgamador