It’s not quite December yet, but since December 1 falls on a Wednesday this year, and because there’s a lot going on during the first weekend of the month, it seems only proper to publish this article on the last week of November. I’ll start with a lot of holiday events you should know about and end with news about a new business…and a sneak preview.

Christmas and a Movie

The City of Jackson will be holding its first Christmas Movie Night this Saturday, December 4. It will be held at 44 Main Street, which is an empty space that most recently housed Century 21 Tri-Dam Realty. (It’s also next door to HomeBridge Financial Services.) The building also received a new paint job recently, as you can see in the photo.

The film that will be shown is the modern classic Elf starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, and Ed Asner. Admission is free with any Main Street business receipt you receive between December 1 and December 4.

Street, Not Parade

Sutter Creek Street of LightsIn past years, Sutter Creek has held its Parade of Lights during the first weekend of December. This year, the city is holding a Street of Lights on three dates:

  • Friday, December 3
  • Friday, December 10
  • Saturday, December 11

The Street of Lights invites people to enjoy the lights at storefronts along Main Street that have been decorated for the holiday season as well as shop for gifts at Main Street businesses. You can learn more by contacting Toni Linde by e-mail or by calling 209-256-1750.

A Busy Saturday

Saturday, December 11, will feature holiday events in Ione and Jackson. In Ione, the annual Christmas parade returns starting at 11:00 a.m. and proceeds through Main Street. There will be cash awards for entrants in three categories: youth groups, businesses, and individuals. The deadline to enter the parade is Thursday, December 9, and you can download the entry form on the Ione Business and Community Association website.

Winter Wonderland Amador County Fairgrounds December 18 2021If you’re shopping on Main Street Jackson on December 11, don’t be surprised when you hear carolers nearby. The event starts at 5:00 p.m., and if you want to sing then show up at the steps of the National Hotel. Song booklets, candles, and refreshments will be provided.

The caroling will start at 5:30 as the carolers walk up and down Main Street, and will end at 7:00 p.m. back on the steps of the National Hotel.

Get Your Sunglasses

The Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth will feature the Winter Wonderland all-day family holiday event on Saturday, December 18. Starting at 10:00 a.m., Winter Wonderland will offer games, arts, crafts, food, and entertainment activities until 4:30 p.m.

You may want to return to the Fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m. for the second annual Cruisin’ the Lights event. Entrants decorate with lights in designated spaces throughout the Fairgrounds, and visitors can then spend $5 to drive through the Fairgrounds to see all the entries. If you spend $20, the money goes to AmadorArts and the Fairgrounds, and you can drive through the Fairgrounds as many times as you want.

Cruisin' the Lights Amador County Fairgrounds December 18 2021If you want more information about having a booth at Winter Wonderland and/or how to submit your entry for Cruisin’ the Lights, contact Toni Linde by e-mail or call her at 209-256-1750.

Who’s a Good Boy?

A freestanding building in Jackson Creek Plaza was filled earlier this month. Blue Collar K9 Training opened on November 6 at 501 South Highway 49 in Jackson. This space was most recently filled with furniture and mattress stores but was empty for about two years while S.A. Bligh Real Estate worked to lease the building.

Blue Collar K9 Training offers boarding, private lessons, and group classes. They’re open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and are closed on Sundays.

Blue Collar K9 Jackson CAYou can get more information on the Blue Collar K9 Training website or give them a call at 209-256-0421.

And a Bonus Preview

A recent story in the Amador Ledger-Dispatch talked about Jackson’s efforts to annex the census-designated place of Martell immediately to Jackson’s north. I reached out to Jackson City Manager Yvonne Kimball about this, but she was unable to get back to me by press time.

Kimball said she would get back to me as soon as possible, so the Ticker will have a feature story outside of this normal monthly digest after I connect with her. Watch this space.

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