Saturday, August 24, 2019

Gold Country Lanes: Junior Bowling Scholarship Leagues begin September 7

Gold Country Lanes is seeking youth bowlers for Saturday Scholarship Leagues. Since 2016, Gold Country Lane youth bowlers have accumulated over $15,000  in college scholarship money.  Funds are held in a trust account by the United States Bowling Congress.  After high school graduation, scholarship dollars may be used at any college, university or trade school for up to six years.  The younger your bowler starts, the more opportunities they will  have to earn and save scholarship money!

The Saturday Bumper Jumpers league is for children three to nine years old. They bowl two games per week, and receive coaching.  The cost is $9 per week, and all bowlers earn end of season scholarships.

The Prospectors league is open to junior bowlers seven years and older.  Just like the Bumper Jumpers, all Prospectors earn end of the season scholarships, but they bowl three games per week for $9.  Both leagues will begin September 7 at 10:30 am.

In addition to Saturday, Gold Country Lanes offers two family bowling leagues on Friday nights, the Family Bumper Bandits for children three to nine years and the Family Blasters for older youth bowlers.  Just like Saturday leagues, the youth bowlers on Friday nights will also earn end of the season scholarship money.

Sign up by visiting Gold Country Lanes, or register under “youth leagues” at

For further information on all youth leagues, junior bowler classes and programs for special needs bowlers, please call Louretta Agness at (209) 223-3334 extension 6.

Photo courtesy Gold Country Lanes
Photo courtesy Gold Country Lanes

Jim Guidi awarded 2019 Patron of the Arts

Patron of the Arts Recipient for 2019

Each year since 1999, the Amador County Arts Council, aka AmadorArts, has recognized community members who have contributed their time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County by awarding deserving individuals the Patron of the Arts award. On August 23 at the last TGIF concert of the summer, this prestigious award was presented to Jim Guidi of Jackson who has contributed generously to the arts in our community in a variety of ways.

Guidi has been a fixture on local radio in Amador County for 43 years, starting with KNGT, aka K-Nugget, when he was a weekend “jock,” to today as CEO and President of Mother Lode Broadcasting which operates KVGC AM and FM Radio. Jim Guidi is “Mr. Hometown Radio.” He provides an enormously important communications link for our local rural communities. The radio station (and associated website and facebook page) is where to tune in for info on events, schools, emergency happenings such as fires, traffic, weather, and music and arts events of all kindsJim uses his skills as a broadcast producer/engineer and performance artist to spotlight the very best of our community: school events, safety and disaster preparedness, non-profit services & initiatives, and businesses. Since 2017, Guidi has demonstrated increasing support for the arts in a variety of ways, especially through the broadcasting and performance arts.

Arts Around Amador,which aired from November 2017 through March 2019, was an exciting weekly program highlighting arts education advocacy, local artists and musicians, and all kinds of arts professionals throughout the Mother Lode. The show sought answers to the question: Why is arts education and the Creative Economy important for Amador County?

In July of 2019, Jim Guidi worked with his staff to produced a two-hour celebration of students in poetry. The program featured students from Amador and Argonaut High Schools reciting poems from the Poetry Out Loud curriculum. This show included an in-depth interview with Noah Bunting (Amador ’20), 2019 Amador County Poetry Out Loud Champion, and state finalist.

Jim Guidi, Founder of KVCG Hometown Radio, receives Patron of the Arts Award
from Megan O'Keefe, Executive Director of Amador County Arts Council

The award is an original pencil portrait, not quite finished by Deja Douglas,
Student Director of the Council.

Amador County Arts Council is grateful to Jim Guidi for his many generous donations including both financial support, in-kind donations, and the re-homing of a piano now located in our new space in Jackson. Beyond that, Jim Guidi continuously demonstrates broad support for all arts programs and organizations throughout the Mother Lode.

Not only is Guidi a renowned local, professional performance artist and broadcast engineer/producer, but he is a resource to our entire community. His innovative approaches promote the value of our community as a whole, engage audiences with internet streaming and video, and develop techniques for radio ads that are now used by others in the industry.

Before a packed patio at Terra d’oro Winery, Guidi was presented the Patron of the Arts award by Meghan O’Keefe, Executive Director of AmadorArts. New this year the award is a framed, pencil-drawn portrait of the winner created by AmadorArts Council Student Director Deja Douglas (Argonaut ’20), President of the Argonaut Art Club and 2018 first-place winner of the statewide film competition, Student Voices Campaign.

Awaiting the announcement at the final TGIF concert are members of the Board of Directors and others, including from left, Carol Reid; Lilliana Falco; Christie Lane; Joy Palmer; young artist Maggie Johnston-Swift; Meghan O'Keefe; Pristine Day, recent Amador High graduate holding the portrait; and Emily-Ann Hopkins, Student Director who gave the State of the Arts in Amador Education address. 

Photo by Bill Lavallie

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mt. Zion Church, Pine Grove - Fri Aug 23

“Counter-Culture” – Part 7
We live in a society that is polarized over its definition of a man and its interpretation of masculinity. The heart of this entire series has been to explore what happens when the gospel, which is the good news of Jesus Christ, collides with culture. So honestly we could spend all day arguing back and forth about our cultural definition of masculinity or toxic masculinity for that matter but today I want to paint a picture of Gospel centered masculinity. I want to paint a picture of what it looks like to be a man and unashamedly a man after God's own heart in the 21st century.
2019 Men’s Retreat!
Join the Men for “Engage – The Whole Man”
September 19-21 – Murphy’s CA
Cost is just $35 Per Person.
Sign up at the Information Table in lobby.
Free Family Movie Nights Are Here!
Every Friday Night In August! Set up is at 6:30 PM
Invite your Family, Friends, Neighbors  & anyone you might meet to a free Movie Night Under The Stars! Bring your blanket or lawn chair, have some free popcorn and lemonade!

New Adult Bible Study Beginning Wednesdays, September 4th
"James – Faith That Works”   - The purpose of this study is to help you face squarely James’s call for a consistent Christian life, for a practical faith. We seek to do this through nine studies each covering about half a chapter each. This may not seem like much, but James’s proverb-like compactness calls for it. You may not necessarily like James when you finish. But it is our prayer that through it God will give you a faith that works. Join us at 6:30 PM at the Ministry House.

2019 Men’s Retreat!
Join the Men for “Engage – The Whole Man”September 19-21 – Murphy’s CA
Cost is just $35 Per Person.Sign up at the Information Table in lobby.

E.P.I.C.S. Potluck!
The next EPICS Potluck is September 26, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  The theme is "picnic" with attendees asked to bring cold cuts and the makings for sandwiches.  A few salads wouldn't hurt either.

Monthly @ MTZC:

Family Worship Sunday
Come worship as a family through a time of sharing, caring, communion! Every FIRST Sunday of the month, we come together to worship in a special service for the whole family.

Sandwich Sunday
The first Sunday of each month we gather after service for a themed potluck! Join us as we gather to build our family connection with each other!

The Brotherhood Men’s Breakfast
Join with the guys the fourth Saturday of each month. We meet at 8 AM in the church fellowship hall.

The Summit
Join us for the most important service we have every 2nd Sunday night 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Also, you are invited for ice cream immediately following the service.

Wednesday Family Nights
Join us each Wednesday 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM for Youth, Children, Nursery and Adult Bibles studies!

Have you ever missed a sermon and wished you had some way to hear it? Do you have someone you want to share a Sunday message with? Good news, you can! Just visit our website or search for "Pastor Erik Hansen" in the iTunes store and download our free podcasts straight to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod! If you have questions or comments, contact the church office at (209) 296-5673 or email us at
Copyright © 2016 Mt. Zion Church, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 425 Pine Grove, CA 95665

Letter to the Editor: AT&T: We have a right to private property and privacy protections

My opinion regarding an ATT press release:

Due to current wireless, I am able to read and write this opinion as I am one that needs access. But, how safe is our/your private property and privacy? Is this important to you?

We have a right to private property and privacy protections. Some valuable information comes from Scientists For Wired Technology, such as:

Safe, secure, extremely high speed, highest capacity, most reliable and energy efficient fiber optic internet broadband is necessary for economic development as the signals are contained within a fiber optic cable - making hacking a difficult physical process protecting your confidential communications with a professional, as your health care provider, lawyer, financial transactions, online banking, emails, and personal documents.

Fiber optic broadband is secure, unlike wireless - which should not be trusted with proprietary or confidential information because it broadcasts it everywhere, making hacking easy. According to my computer professional hacking into our electronic property can be accomplish by just knowing your internet IP address, malware and such is not needed.

However, there is another way to accomplish this broadband availability, it was spelled out in the 1993 “California First Plan” proffered by the telephone landline company, currently ATT, that was to be completed by the year 2000.

This Plan lead to deregulation and ratepayer increases in access of billions of dollars to pay for the installation of fiber optic for all, according to Scientists For Wired Technology.

A Huffpost article of August 23, 2017, titled “Californians Paid Billions Extra: The State Assembly Should Investigate AT&T’s Cross-Subsidies” explains how the Plan was converted to the wireless versus fiber optic wired provision.
Source: Californians Paid Billions Extra: The State AssemblyShould Investigate AT&T’s Cross-Subsidies

Additionally, Huffpost article “Expose: AT&T California Fiber Optic Scandal: Billions Charged for Broadband that Never Showed Up.”

I prefer fiber optic broadband for these and other reasons, including local adverse aesthetic visual impacts.

Laura Allred
Amador County Resident, District 5

Sutter Creek Theater: This Saturday, Don Gato's "Havana Nights" with Lemaya Dancers!

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Celebrating our 16th Season of cultural arts and quality entertainment!


DonGato's Havana Nights show has added the Lemaya Dancers - performing on stage!
FRI 12/13 - Bob Malone's Christmas Show - Bob appears with his band. His "You're a mean one Mr. Grinch" was used in the last Grinch movie. 
FRI 10/4 - Wood & Wire - Bluegrass and more - their current album is GRAMMY NOMINATED for best bluegrass album 2019!
COMING FEB 8 2020 - TOM RUSSELL - Americana, folk, western, cowboy - NEW album release! Once again we will be the ONLY Saturday concert in California for this tour! Last time he sold out, tickets available now!  
COMING JAN 25 2020 - The Atomic  Beatles
The Unauthorized Rolling Stones sends up their version of your favorite Beatles songs!  
SUNDAY 10/20 4 pm - The Austin Lounge Lizards -  Folk/country/bluegrass and laughable weirdness! America's funniest band! 

SAT 10/5 7 pm - Jimbo Mathus featuring Matt Patton (of Drive By Truckers) - new album release - "Incinerator" - Jimbo Mathus has a storied career, among other things founding the Squirrel Nut Zippers - this will be an night of edgy Americana and much more!     

LOS PINGUOS - SAT Sep 21 - They're back! Perennial favorite Los Pinguos brings their high energy Latin rock with spunk Argentine style to the stage! 


Video clips below, tickets available now on the web site! 
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DonGato Latin Band presents "Havana Nights" with Lemaya Dancers on stage!
Saturday August 24,  7 pm
$18 advance / $21 day of show 
DonGato Latin Band is a group of seasoned musicians that loves the perfect combination of great music, great time and entertaining a exciting audience. "Havana Nights" is an evening of Latin jazz, Cuban, salsa, and more! PLUS - the Lemaya Dancers on stage!

DGLB plays Smooth Latin Music blended with Latin Jazz, Cuban Son, Salsa and with a dash of a tropical feel. DGLB song list includes various tunes from the great Buena Vista Social Club songbook. DGLB also incorporates American standards classics in a latin beat format. Songs like, Besame Mucho, Sway, Perhaps, Perhaps. Perhaps, Imagine, Clocks, Hotel California, Ain't No Sunshine, Stand by Me, Feel Like Making Love, and many more. DGLB signature guayaveras (Cuban/Puerto Rican/Island shirts) and Panama hats are always the band's attire. This band has horns, congas, bongos, keyboards, and more - a whole lot going on!Make your newsletter a valuable source of information and advice and you will successfully position yourself as an expert.

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DonGato Latin Band @ The Pre Party Hispanic Heritage Festival 2017
DonGato Latin Band @ The Pre Party Hispanic Heritage Festival 2017

Tim Bluhm Band - Coffis Brothers and Mountain Men will open and back Tim - California Soul 
Saturday September 7,  7 pm
$24 advance / $28 day of show
Tim Bluhm has earned a reputation as the quintessential California musician. Born and raised in the Golden State, as the singer/guitarist and primary songwriter of rock band The Mother Hips, Bluhm has spent the last two decades performing, writing, collaborating on, and producing music.

Tim is backed at this performance by the Coffis Brothers and the Mountain Men, who will also open the show.

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are a rootsy rock n' roll band born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Influenced by those early surroundings, songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis' blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight-ahead rock is evidence an upbringing spent listening to all of the right records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles.

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Tim Bluhm - Where I Parked My Mind (Official Music Video)
Tim Bluhm - Where I Parked My Mind (Official Music Video)

Los Pinguos - Hot Argentine Folk Groove Band 
Saturday September 21, 7 pm
$21 advance / $24 day of show
Los Pinguos combine Latin rhythms, performed with Spanish guitars, bass and harmonizing vocals. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, these five guys have been called the "Latin Beatles" by the Los Angeles Times. Join us for a fun, upbeat evening of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba flamenca and rock!

Los Pinguos' music has appeared on TV shows like The Shield and The L Word, in movies such as Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson's Imagining Argentina, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and two of their songs were included in Katherine Heigl's movie The Ugly Truth.

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The Easy Leaves with opener Trevor McSpadden - Country, the lean Bakersfield sound
Saturday September 28, 7 pm
$17 advance / $21 day of show

Usually a duo, the Easy Leaves appear as a full band for this concert.
When some folks talk of country music - or any genre, for that matter - there's sometimes a tendency to over-generalize. For some, country means the watered-down-power-pop-with-a-touch-of-twang that dominates the airwaves. The Easy Leaves' debut album, American Times, is most definitely country music, but it's colored and enriched by many thoroughly integrated influences. The Leaves' harmonies are resplendent with echoes of the great "brother" acts of country music: The Louvins, Everlys, and Glasers.

The one aspect almost all songs on this collection share is the leanness of that Bakersfield sound, as defined by an engaging, cracking beat; the resolute twang of electric six-strings, the midnight-lonesome whine of a pedal steel guitar, and heartfelt singing with both the singer's heart and beer stains on his sleeve for the world to see. It's that relatively unadorned rawness that cuts across generations and genres. "I love music that has a sense of place: Memphis soul, Texas swing, conjunto, Delta blues," said Carducci. "Each one of those styles conveys a lot about the history of its place of origin. Bakersfield is one of those sounds, one of the signature sounds of California. There is a classic quality in the rhythm and instrumentation that kind of captures that spirit of a crowded honky-tonk [barroom]."

Trevor McSpadden was raised in the Texas Hill Country and seasoned in the clubs of Chicago, and is a genuine honky tonk song and dance man. He spent five years as the lead singer of Chicago's most beloved country band, The Hoyle Brothers, before taking to the road as a solo act. Now working out of Southern California, McSpadden is making the most of his West Coast residency.

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The Easy Leaves - Crack Another Bottle [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
The Easy Leaves - Crack Another Bottle [OFFICIAL VIDEO]


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Wood & Wire - Just Don't Make 'Em
Wood & Wire - Just Don't Make 'Em
Jimbo Mathus - Incinerator
Jesus Loves Me But He Can't Stand You
Austin Lounge Lizards - Jesus Loves Me But He Can't Stand You
The Young Dubliners -- I'll Tell Me Ma
The Young Dubliners -- I'll Tell Me Ma


Joe Craven & The Sometimers
Joe Craven & The Sometimers

Reckless Kelly: Nobodys Girl Music Video
Reckless Kelly (Tuesday November 12): Nobodys Girl Music Video

Darrell Scott
Darrell Scott (Thursday November 21) - "River Take Me"

''WHOLE LOT OF LOVING'' - CHRIS CAIN BAND @ Callahan's, June 2016 (Best verrsion)
Chris Cain Band (Saturday November 23) - ''WHOLE LOT OF LOVING'' 

Black Coffee ~ Lacy J Dalton
Black Coffee ~ Lacy J Dalton

12/7 Molly's Revenge
12/13 Bob Malone's Christmas show with his      
12/28 Black Irish Band

1/11 Ray Charles Project with guest guitarist 
         Kid Andersen
1/18 Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong
1/24 David Wilcox
1/25 Atomic Beatles

2/8 Tom Russell - album release - "October in Railroad Earth" - #1 Americana album upon release in March!

Byron  and Laura Damiani
Sutter Creek Theatre
44 Main St. Sutter Creek CA

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Sutter Creek CA 95685
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