Community Events & News

Summer Piano Camp Classein Ione will be offered at Robyn’s Piano Room located in downtown Ione. If you are looking for summer fun activities for your children, this is a great time to try piano lessons. Beginning in June, Robyn will be offering discounted beginner piano boot camps and buddy courses along with private lessons for students ages 6 years through adult. For class details, call Robyn at 209-588-6641.

 Preston Castle Tours for 2018 will open to the public beginning Saturday, April 7th through August 18th, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Trained historic docents will be ready to take visitors on a guided tour of the historic Castle. Volunteers are also needed. The Preston Castle is looking for volunteers from tour guides to cashiers, and several positions in between. Annual training will be held on March 24th. Check the website at if you are interested, need more information, or to sign up. Or, email Sybil Griffith at

Public Meeting for Motor Cross Facility – July 10th @ 7:00 PM The Amador County Planning Commission is scheduled to hear a request by U. S. Mine Corporation for a General Plan Amendment from MRZ, Mineral Resource Zone, to C, Commercial; Request for a Zone Change from "R1A," Single-family Residential and Agricultural to "C-2/X," Heavy Commercial with Special Use combining district; and Request for a Use Permit to allow the operation of a private motor cross facility.

The facility would be open daily to members for practice and training, and for product testing and development. Maximum daily attendance is projected to be 50 participants. The project site is 8625 Highway 124, approximately one mile north of Highway 88 and ¼ mile south of the Ione City limits (APNs 005-160-003, 005-160-010, and 005-160-014).

The hearing is scheduled to be held in the Supervisor's Board Room at the Amador County Administrative Center on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The hearing will start at 7:00 PM. The Amador County Administrative Center is located at 810 Court Street in Jackson, CA. Citizens interested in providing testimony related to the proposed motor cross facility should plan on attending. If citizens have questions about the proposed motor cross facility, they can contact the Amador County Planning Department at (209) 223-6380.

 Ione Pool is Open for Summer  The Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) is offering swimming lessons and recreational swimming at the Ione swimming pool. The pool is located on the Ione Jr. High School campus. Certified Red Cross swim instructors and lifeguards will give lessons and teach safe recreational swimming. Lessons are offered from July 9-13 and July 16-20. In addition, recreational swimming will be available until August 26th. Two-week standard swim lessons are $45 each, half session $25. Daily admission is $3 and $4, season family passes are available for residents for $135, and monthly family pass for $75. Non-resident passes are an additional $10. An individual season pass is $50 and $60, and monthly $35 and $45. For more information, contact ACRA at 209-223-6349 or

Happenings at Preston Castle

 Paracon Annual Conference- The fourth annual Preston Castle Paranormal Conference will be held on August 3rd and 4th. The event will feature some amazing speakers, authors and experts in the paranormal field. They are ready to present their research and fascinating experiences with attendees. Vendors from the metaphysical and holistic community will be selling unique and handmade items. Psychic and energy readers will be on hand to astonish you with their accurate assessments and predictions. But the star of the weekend, the Castle itself, will enchant as visitors investigate the hallways and many rooms during the evening investigations. There are a few surprises planned as well. For information and tickets, visit

 Wine Tasting & Tour – August 25th  There is a new date and time for this year’s annual Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour. You will taste the fine wines of Amador County and tour the historic Preston Castle, and experience the history of Preston and feel the sensation of the past. Attendees will sample fine wines from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses and enjoy tasty foods while listening to live music. Ticket are $45 each and available online at This event is always a sellout so plan ahead. 

Ione Flea Market will be held at the VFW parking lot on Saturday, August 11th from 9 AM to 4 PM. The event is being held to assist VFW and Cadet Fire Firefighter needs. Back to school clothing and household items are needed. An estimated 50 booths will be set up and selling merchandise. Booth cost is $20, and a donation of $3 for attendee parking. Set up will be from 8-9 AM on August 11. To reserve space, contact Mike at 209-304-3144. Vendors should bring tables, chairs and pop-ups, or set up in the back of a vehicle. Firehouse BBQ hot dogs and burgers will be on sale from 10:30 – 2:30. This event is sponsored by the VFW, Ione Fire Fighters Association, Disabled Veterans, and Ione Memorial District.

Amador Senior Center is offering a trip to Eldorado Hotel & Casino in Reno on July 19-20, 2018. The trip includes deluxe motor coach transport, luggage handling, one-night stay at the Eldorado Resort, breakfast at the Chef’s Buffet, casino bonus of $21 slot play. Tour cost is $109 pp double occupancy, $29 additional for single occupancy. For information and reservations contact Eileen Hardy at 209-223-0442.






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The City of Ione is nestled in the beautiful oak covered foothills in the Gold Country. Residents and visitors to Ione enjoy the gentle climate, pastoral setting with oak trees and farmlands, and the family-oriented atmosphere of this medium-sized city.

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