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The Amador Vintners Association endears thousands every year by offering special regional events, each celebrating the fine wines produced in Amador County by the 42 member wineries. On March 6, 7 & 8, Amador’s best wineries are opening their cellar doors especially for you! Experience what the Wine Spectator calls “a desirable destination for wine lovers.”

Unique focus at Behind the Cellar Door is the educational aspect. Seminars like: “Test Your Nose Challenge” at Amador Foothill Winery; “Oak Effects” at Le Mulet Rouge; “The Art...

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Salye LaBelle, of Ridge Road Garden Center, in Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues

The calendar claims winter is only half way through. However, a glance out my window tells me spring doesn’t know that and doesn’t care. It’s coming anyway. There are locally-owned businesses in Pine Grove and Pioneer ready to give your spring cleaning a head start, and our first stop is Ridge Road Garden Center.

Located at the top of Ridge Road, near the Highway 88 intersection, the Ridge Road Garden Center is leafy and cool and inviting. The manager, Salye LaBelle, worked for the previous owners afternoons and weekends while in...

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Calling all persons who hail from Ireland, Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and other Celtic lands — Come and experience more than 100 things to see, hear, savor and enjoy at the 29th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire, returning to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, in Sonora, March 6 through 8.

Three days of Celtic celebration include ten stages of live Celtic music, traditional dance, fire shows, jugglers and displays of magic. Celtic rockers and traditional Celtic bands include Barleyjuice, Wicked Tinkers, Blackeyed Dempseys, Black Brothers, Golden...

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Do you have the desire to experience spring at its finest? Then a trip to the amazing and lovely Daffodil Hill should be top on your list of things to do. Daffodil Hill will open the gates for its 75th season on Feb. 23, and stay open through early April , weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to call the recorded phone message, at (209) 296-7048, to see if Daffodil Hill is open that day. Daffodil Hill is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, and is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking... [Read more]
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The Amador County Association of Realtors has funds available to first time homebuyers in need. The Housing Affordability Fund HOPE (Housing Opportunity Planning Enterprise) can provide up to 3 percent of purchase price to a maximum of $3,000 to Amador County residents purchasing a home through a local realtor. Funds may apply toward down payments, closing costs or lender-required repairs. Contact your local Amador County realtor for details. Application and eligibility criteria are available at AmadorRealtors.com. [Read more]
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The eclectic work of David Camardo includes this sculpture titled, “Skrit Form.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

David Camardo, of Sutter Creek, has been an artist for more than 50 years, but the works he’ll be exhibiting at AmadorArts Gallery for the month of March will be unusual pieces that, as he said, “will stretch people’s imagination, no matter what.” The public is invited to meet him and discuss his thought-provoking art at the artist’s reception, at 11-A Randolph Street, Sutter Creek, on Saturday, March 7, between 3 and 6 p.m., coinciding with the monthly 1st Saturday Art Trek. The show will continue until March 31.

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Honoring “short attention spans” everywhere, Main Street Theatre Works presents its 3rd Annual One-Act Festival. This three-day-only fundraising event features some of your favorite MSTW actors, including Allen Pontes, Julie Anchor, Georgann Wallace, Cynthia Drumbor, Brandon Rapoza and Carissa Meagher, to name a few, plus others new to the company. In just 90 minutes, you’ll see these talented actors perform nine different one-act plays, including several written by Sacramento playwrights Leo McElroy, Jeri Weiss and Allen Pontes, as... [Read more]
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Left to right: Janet van Mastrigt, Brinely Verduzco, Melanie Estrada, Andre King, Gurashish Khangura and Catherine Burr. Back row: Ann Taylor. Below: Cheyanne Sheridan with Janet van Mastrigt. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On Thursday, Jan. 22, the Sierra Amador Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Youth Awards Tea recognizing outstanding young people from both Calaveras and Amador counties in four different categories. The event, held at the American Legion Hall, in Martell, was attended by chapter members, students, their families and guests.

Students in grades 5 through 8 were required to submit an America history essay on the subject of Ellis Island to honor the 125th anniversary of the opening of Ellis Island. Students...

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The head of the Small Business Administration and the chairperson of the National Credit Union Administration Board have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to invest in America’s entrepreneurial potential by expanding the accessibility of small dollar SBA loans from credit unions. By partnering together, the two groups will be able to increase awareness about SBA’s loan programs for credit unions and the NCUA.

“A unique aspect of the SBA and NCUA partnership is that SBA small dollar loans do not count against credit unions’...

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The 1982 Buena Vista Chili Cook Off. From left: Ron Hawkins, Tony Meath, Rich Escamilla, Bob Campbell, John Begovich Sr., Mel Gillman and Jim Guidi. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

This year’s annual Buena Vista Chili Cook Off was held on February 16, and was another delicious success. With 18 different spicy and lip-smacking chili recipes to taste, there was more than enough flavor to go around. Friends enjoyed one another’s company, live music and, of course, some great chili.

The winners were divided into categories of male and female, and some entries were teams, rather than individual cooks. One of the entries arrived too late to be judged.

Female Winners: First place, Catherine Shipman; second...

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Clockwise from left: Amy, Aidan, Trevor and Fynnton Doyle. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Amador County local Trevor Doyle is the creator of Epic Crash, a new car-building, driving and crashing game app. Epic Crash, appropriately named by Doyle’s 8-year-old son, Aidan, allows gamers to build cars, stage “epic” wrecks and then upload them to social media to share with friends. Players unknowingly learn about physics as they work with unlimited designs to build real, working vehicles, and then crash them into a hillside with impressive explosions. “It’s really fun,” commented Doyle. “The whole thing is about thinking... [Read more]
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The annual Amador Pregnancy Help Center Banquet is tomorrow, Feb. 21, at Grace Fellowship Church. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

SUTTER CREEK: Amador High School drama students will be performing a one-act play, written and directed by Patrick Burns, to honor Harry Liversedge. Tomorrow, February 21, “Harry The Horse” will be performed at the American Legion Hall at 11 a.m., at the American Legion Hall, during the memorial for Harry Liversedge. Come honor and celebrate the life of Harry Liversedge with your community, and American Legion Post 108, located at 12134 Airport Road, in Sutter Creek.

MARTELL: Stations of the Cross and Lenten soup suppers will be...

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The State of California’s Forest Climate Action Team (FCAT) will hold a series of public meetings beginning today and continuing in March to provide the public with information on the Team’s proposed work, and to invite public comment. Established last year following recommendations made in the 2014 update to the Assembly Bill 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan, the FCAT is composed of a broad range of state and federal agencies with responsibilities for forests and related natural resources. Local governments also are represented on... [Read more]
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The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is seeking public input on new grant guidelines for the Conservancy’s Proposition 1 grant program. The SNC grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, passed by voters in November 2014.

The SNC is proposing that the first grant round will be focused on forest health projects, including projects to reduce the risk of large, damaging wildfires. These types of projects are specifically called out in Proposition 1 and the California...

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Artist Anje Olmstead poses next to in-progress collage. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A portrait of Margaret Dalton, by collage artist Anje Olmstead, was installed just outside of Margaret’s Cafe, at Jackson Rancheria, on Friday, Feb.6. The portrait was unveiled on Feb. 9, to tribal members only, and went on public display Feb. 10.

In March, 2014, tribal leaders commissioned Anje Olmstead to create the portrait of their leader, Margaret Dalton.

The original idea was to create a portrait made of casino chips and be nine feet by nine feet in size. While working on a sample of this type of portrait, it was discovered...

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Folks from various churches in Amador County gathered for a Centering Prayer Workshop at Trinity Church in Sutter Creek. Centering Prayer is a contemplative spiritual practice of developing an intimate prayer life with God. It’s benefits heal our wounds and bring us into harmony and peace with one another. A great way to prepare for an authentic Valentine’s Day!

The Healing Word Foursquare Gospel Church

Feb. 21 offers a Men’s Breakfast, from 9 to 11 a.m., with host Pastor Dave Wilson. Feb. 28 offers a Women’s Breakfast, from 9 to 11 a.m., with Pastor Karen Rose hosting. Pastor Mary Ann Barcklay ministers food from the Bible, Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Also open to you is a smorgasbord of home-cooked food for lunch immediately after service. You’ll always be welcome here. Men’s Bible Study meets Monday evenings, at 7 p.m. Family Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings, at 6 p.m., studying...

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11-year-old Donovan Henry was fishing with his dad, Mike, at Lake Camanche, when he set his bait on the biggest bass of the new year. See the Lake Camanche Fishing Report on page C2. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The rains last weekend left the lake banks still a bit muddy in spots. Top lining was reported by trout anglers with they’re choice of baits jigs and power worms.

Main lake undisclosed locations were great for bass this week. Drop shot with green black flake zoom thick worms, 6” purple worms and senko red sparkle worms were all reported for bass.

11-year-old Donovan Henry was fishing with his dad, Mike when he set his bait on the biggest bass of the new year (see picture page C4). Henry was using a 6” purple worm and believe it or...

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Desert “Sunset,” by Doug Lawler. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Tap into your subconscious on an art sojourn in oil pastels with Doug Lawler, on Feb. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. In Lawler’s class, Creativity With Oil Pastels, participants will examine new ways to tap into the creative self, exploring the role our subconscious plays in creating art. Discover new and innovative ways to use oil pastels on paper. Class is open to all levels. The Quarry Hill Studio, at Petroglyphe Gallery, where the class meets, is a lovely room with an abundance of natural light. Participants will receive plenty of... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

The 7th International “Each Mind Matters” Conference, held recently in San Francisco, featured a panel from Amador County chaired by Christa Thompson, Mental Health Services Act Program Manager and Community Services Manager at Amador Behavioral Health Department.

A first for Amador County, the theme of the panel, “Breaking the Silence: How a Small Rural County Got Talking” reflected the theme “Together Against Stigma,” with leaders from First 5, NAMI Amador and Mental Health America collaborating in telling the story of...

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For the past five years, Harmony Hanks, co-owner of Kaizen Martial Arts Academy, has been volunteering her time and energy to do preseason training sessions for the Argonaut High School Baseball Team. Coach Tim Finch brings the boys from the team to Kaizen for training for three weeks prior to baseball season. “The boys love being here,” commented Coach Finch. Coach Finch also mentioned that with just a half hour of training with Harmony, three days a week for three weeks, the improvement in their strength and skills is evident. On... [Read more]
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