Community Events & News


June 16 
Torch Run/Walk for Special Olympics Honoring Susie Pinger
On June 16th, this annual event will bring together law enforcement throughout California to raise funds and bring awareness to the Special Olympics. During the Special Olympics games, law enforcement officers volunteer and assist the athletics. This year’s Torch Run will be held in memory of former special Olympics medalist and Ione resident Susie Pinger. The public is invited to join members of the Ione Police Department and Mule Creek State Prison employees in this year’s run.

The event begins at 8:30 AM with the starting line at the entrance gate to Mule Creek Prison on Hwy 104. The route goes to Main & Church Streets and back, for 3.6 miles. Your entry fee of $25 goes to help support Special Olympics and includes a free T-shirt. For more information, or to sign up, call 209-743-1013.

 This past year, Mule Creek State Prison was the top fundraiser in northern California, raising $40,000. This was accomplished through several events including the Torch Run, BBQ’s with the employees, and inmates participating with their funds to help this great cause. This year we will have the opportunity to recognize Susie and her participation as a former athlete in the games.

June 17
PD Fundraiser – Seafood Buffet
The 3rd annual Ione Police Foundation Dinner will be held on June 17th at Evalynn Bishop Hall. For you seafood lovers, get ready for an unbelievable seafood buffet being prepared and served by the Hawkins Family and Friends. Menu will include steamed clams, Cajun shrimp, sautéed scallops, pan fried calamari, salmon, pasta, scampi w/ pasta, shrimp cocktail, green salad, garlic bread and dessert.

 Proceeds will go towards the purchase of two patrol Ford Sport Utility vehicles. Doors open at 5:30 PM with a non-host bar, dinner at 6:30 PM. There will be a raffle and live auction items that include a rifle, handguns, getaway to Napa Valley for 4 with wine tour and spa treatment, wine bar, homemade quilt with rack, and more. The live auction will be called by none other than Seth Seever.
Tickets are $35 per person and available at American River Bank in Ione, City Hall, any police officer, or call209-743-1013. This is a great opportunity to support our police department and to thank them for all they do for our community. 

June 23 & 24 at Preston Castle
Gravestone Murder Mystery Dinner
Given the current state of affairs in Gravestone, Arizona, the mayor feared for his life and hadn’t seen the sun in months. With the last three sheriffs mysteriously shot in the back, Gravestone had become a lawless town run by a bunch of outlaws known as The Ranchers.

The mayor had high-hopes that recent arrival Wylie Arp and his brothers would consider taking over as the law enforcement in town and getting The Ranchers under control or better yet…running them out of town.

A party was held with a delectable Wild West dinner. Fun and games were being enjoyed by the guests until someone was found to be murdered in cold blood! The townsfolk rallied together to figure out whodunit, and a grueling investigation ensued. 

 Enjoy dinner in the Preston Castle Courtyard, hosted by the Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel, and be part of the action as events unfold around you. observe, ask questions, and use your super sleuth skills to figure out “who done it?” A no-host bar will have a selection of drinks available for purchase. Attendance is limited to 100 tickets, each night, Tickets are $50 per person. Get your tickets now, online at 






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