Saturday, January 26, 2013

Quilts of Honor" Founder Recognized - Sat Feb 9

Sierra Amador Chapter NSDAR invites the public to join us February 9th, 12:30 for potluck and 1:00 Speaker, at the American Legion Hall on Sutter Hill, corner of Airport Road and Highway 49.
Gail, who has been recognized by the White House as a Vietnam Veteran "Champion of Change", has (with her volunteers) provided over 3000 quilts to veterans in appreciation for their sacrifices.  She will receive the DAR Community Service Award for the ongoing work in our Sierra Foothills which continues to be felt all over the world.
To learn more about her work, check out: http://www.quiltsofhonor.org/index.html

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Volunteers Needed at Indian Grinding Rock


Volunteers Needed at Indian Grinding Rock SHP Come to the February 5th training and join the park docents
Pine Grove—
If you’d like to get involved with Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, now is a good time to volunteer. The park has scheduled docent training for February 5 from 10 AM to 3 PM for people interested in working at the park as school tour guides, museum workers, and interpretive assistants. Pre-registration is required by January 28. Contact Wendy Harrison at to sign up at: Wendy.Harrison@parks.ca.gov
Every fall and spring, 4th graders from throughout the region tour Indian Grinding Rock to learn about the park’s unique cultural and physical history. Volunteer docents lead small groups of students and their teachers around the park’s reconstructed Miwok village, including a visit to the actual grinding rock, the largest of its kind in the nation.

Tour guides escort the students to the Miwok Roundhouse, which is used by Native Americans for dancing and ceremonial events. Docents help staff the Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum where they explain various Miwok artifacts and demonstrate how they were made and used. Many docents enjoy working and maintaining the park’s garden that contains native plants used by the Miwoks for a variety of purposes.
Docents also have access to the park’s exceptional library on California Indians, have free use of the park, and can earn passes to other California State Parks.

Docents meet on the first Saturday of every month to learn more about the historic Miwok way of life and how to help visitors understand the park’s many unique features. Volunteers must complete the park’s training before they can serve as docents.

Space is limited, so please contact Interpreter Wendy Harrison to reserve your spot no later than January 28: Wendy.Harrison@parks.ca.gov or (209) 795-7980.

The training will be held in the park’s museum and may involve some walking. Attendees should dress comfortably and bring a brown bag lunch.

For more information, call 2092967488
or drop by the park and talk to one of the staff. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine GroveVolcano Road, Pine Grove, CA 95665.