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Tessa Marguerite
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Kyle Ervin and Brittaney Brennan. Photo by Jamey Thornhill

Planning a wedding in 2015 means a lot more than just a bride, groom and cute little flower girl. What happens between, “Will you marry me?” and “I do” is often a stressful time for brides who are planning all the unique and intricate details for their own wedding.

The following three young ladies, Brittaney Brennan, Kyli Keslar and Allie Rose Hill, are counting down the days until the “big day.” They graciously took some time to share how they chose their venue and photographer, whether or not they considered eloping and some...

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Konevets Quartet performing Monday, Feb. 9 at St. Sava Church in Jackson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Konevets Quartet

On Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., the world-renowned Konevets Quartet, of St. Petersburg, Russia, will be performing at St. Sava Church, in Jackson. The concert will feature liturgical music from many different Orthodox traditions, as well as Slavic folk songs. The quartet was formed in the early 1990s. Original members were graduates and singers from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory who gathered at the Konevets Monastery of the Holy Nativity, on Konevets Island. Only 30 tickets remain. The church is very small, so...

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Are you ready to make changes in your lifestyle and move toward a healthier weight? Now is a great time to begin. Reaching and maintaining a healthier weight contributes to your overall health and well-being. Losing even a few pounds or preventing further weight gain has health benefits. Here are some tips to get started.

Get plenty of fiber from fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Fiber can help you feel full longer and lower your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Know when you’ve had enough to eat. Quit...

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A Centering Prayer Workshop will be held onn Feb. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 430 State Highway 49, in Sutter Creek. The workshop will be conducted by Pastor Jeff Mitchell, of the Good Shepherd Covenant Chruch, in Valley Springs. Pastor Mitchell is a trained Contemplative Outreach presenter.

Centering Prayer, which is based on a rich Christrian contemplative heritage, is a gentle, silent method of centering ourselves and becoming aware of God’s presence and of His healing action within...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
Rob Leary is the bench coach for the Miami Marlins. Photo by Robert Vigon

Amador County local Bob Leary is the father of Rob Leary, bench coach for the Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins. Rob Leary began working as the Marlins’ bench coach in November of 2012.

Although Rob Leary did not grow up in Amador County, he can relate to the small town vibe. “To open up the local newspaper and see your name in it was such a thrill,” commented Leary. “It was a big deal to all of our teammates that we played with and against. It was a great community that we grew up in.”

Leary was born in San Francisco,...

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Get a good look at the detail of this comprehensive diorama in the window of Hein & Co. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County author, lecturer and dioramist, Joseph W. Svec III, is once again displaying an exciting diorama at Hein & Company Books & Vintage Goods, on Main Street, in Jackson. To commemorate the 187th birthday of novelist, poet and playwright, Jules Verne, the author’s most famous novel, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” is recreated as a miniature diorama depicting many scenes from the novel.

“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” was published in 1870, and tells the story of Captain Nemo and his futuristic submarine,...

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The Amador County Ducks Unlimited committee will host its annual dinner and auction at Evalynn Bishop Hall, in Ione, on Feb. 21, at 5 p.m.

“Once again, we are asking the people of Amador County to come out and support Ducks Unlimited by attending our annual dinner/auction. Everyone is welcome at the banquet, which will feature a live auction, silent auction and raffles of wildlife art, firearms and sporting accessories, as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Once again, the Native Sons, Ione Parlor, will be...

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Twice-baked potatoes often take an unhealthy turn. Brimming with butter and sour cream, they’re loaded, all right, and not in a good (healthy) way. Our new spins on stuffed spuds bring fresh new flavors, and not too much fat. Handy for football fans to eat while on the couch, these potatoes deliver both satisfying flavor and a great source of energy and nutrition.

For each recipe: Preheat oven

to 425°F. Wash 2 large russet

potatoes and pat dry. Rub skins with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Prick with a fork in...

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School Choice Week happened this week in California and across America. Throughout the week,, there were 1,014 school choice events across the Golden State.

The events are part of National School Choice Week, which featured 11,082 events across America — the largest celebration of educational opportunity in US history.

School Choice Week events in California included open houses, information sessions, policy roundtable discussions and more, planned by schools, organizations, homeschool groups and individuals. The goal of...

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Tom Rigney & Flambeau coming on March 22. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Wednesdays & Thursdays

Senior Social Hour: Join other seniors at the community centers to meet new friends, play games or bring your lunch and come visit at noon, on Wednesdays, at the Upcountry Community Center, located at 19386 Highway 88, in Pine Grove, telephone (209) 296-2785; and at noon, on Thursdays, at the Camanche Lake Community Center, located at 4419 Camanche Parkway N., in Ione, telephone (209) 763-2720.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Fit After 50: Fit After 50 Fitness Class is being offered on Mondays and...

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Konevets Quartet. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 pm, the world-renowned Konevets Quartet, of St. Petersburg, Russia, will be performing at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, in Jackson. The concert will feature liturgical music from many different Orthodox traditions, as well as Slavic folk songs.

The quartet was formed in the early 1990s. Original members were graduates and singers from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory who gathered at the Konevets Monastery of the Holy Nativity, on Konevets Island.

Only 30 tickets remain. The church is very small,...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
From left: Kevin Donovan, Michael Scarr, Paul Cram and Tim Blankenship. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

You may have noticed a camera crew and actors on the streets of Sutter Creek and Jackson this past week. Local Jackson resident Michael Scarr has been in the process of directing and acting in his debut, short buddy-comedy film, “A Piss In The Rain.”

In addition to Scarr, the film stars actor Paul Cram, who originally hails from the Mid-west of the US and has made a career of working across the country in indie films. For a list of Cram’s previous films, search his name on IMDB.com.

The two met while working in Hollywood,...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
Learn about yourself through this creative, self-exploration class. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
What would you discover if you tapped into your own inner wisdom? Join Wendy Ward, certified International Creativity coach, in this exploratory class where you will collage cards with symbolic imagery based on the SoulCollage method developed by Seena B. Frost. No artistic experience is necessary. This Creative Self-Exploration Class will be on Sat. Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at ACRA, 10877 Conductor Blvd, in Sutter Creek. Pre-registration is $55 by Feb. 16, with an $8 material fee to the instructor. For more information,... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
3 days ago
U.C. Cooperative Extension-Central Sierra Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich invites foothill farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, and employees or other non-family successors, to a two-part, interactive workshop to be held Sunday February 8, from 2- 6 p.m. and Monday, February 9, from 6-9 p.m., at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers. Attendees will learn the steps to succession planning; clarify values and goals for their family farm or ranch; gain take home tools to determine their heirs’... [Read more]
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Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Super Bowl Pizza At Church Of The Nazarene

Wondering what to serve for Super Bowl Sunday? This Sunday, place your order at the church for pizza, salad and soda, or download the order form at scnaz.org, and return it to the church this Sunday. Support our Sacred Space Youth Group by placing your Super Bowl Sunday pizza order for just $20, which includes a family-size, single-topping pizza from Papa Murphy’s, a one-pound bag of salad and a two-liter bottle of soda. Choose to pick it up from the church Saturday night, between 5 and 7...

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Tessa Marguerite
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Actor Terra Forgette Roberto for Blue Mountain Theater's "Wrong For Each Other." Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
HIGHLIGHT -- WEST POINT: Blue Mountain Theater’s production, “Wrong for Each Other,” by Norm Foster, allows audiences a glimpse of the roller coaster ride of a relationship between Norah and Rudy. This comedy exposes the funny side of life, despite the dramatics, and will keep you laughing until the end of the show. This year marks the 21st season of Blue Mountain Theater. Opening night gala will be on Friday, Feb. 13, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., curtain is at 7 p.m. There will also be a special Valentine’... [Read more]
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Want to grow fresh vegetables for both spring and summer? This free class, sponsored by the UCCE Amador Master Gardeners will cover garden planning and preparation plus a discussion of crops you can grow and the best time to plant based on your elevation/micro-climate. Find out what crops you can direct seed, how to start seeds for transplants, and timing for transplants. Would you like to grow organically? The benefits and ins and outs of growing organically will be included in the class.

This class will be held on Feb. 7, 9...

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On Jan. 31, the Mother Lode Rose Society is hosting this Fabulous Rose Auction of beautiful Star Roses, complete with a Power Point presentation of the roses being auctioned. The bidding will be brisk with such levity as our standby auctioneer, Martin Hopper, boosts the bidding price until you get the rose you want.

The time is perfect for replacing that non-productive rose that barely exists in your garden. Some of the roses being auctioned are:

St. Patrick: A bit o’green highlights the golden blooms of this novel rose....

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Gourd artist Heather Hopman will be demonstrating at the February 11 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association. She has been an artist her entire life and has been creating gourd art since 2005. Her gourds are enhanced by a variety of techniques including painting, dyeing, burning, carving, and surface embellishments.

She has won awards at both the local and state levels. Heather has been a member of the Amador County Gourd Artists chapter of the California Gourd Society since 2006. Her other media include glass beads,...

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“Joy,” by gourd artist Joyce Campbell. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispathc

Amador Gourd Artists are delighted to Host Nationwide winning Gourd Artist Joyce Campbell at their meeting on February 12, at the Ag Bldg 12200B, on Airport Rd. The general meeting will start at 9 a.m., and Campbell will share some of her knowledge from 10 to a.m.

Campbell started Gourd Art some 29 years ago, on the East Coast, where she won numerous Best of Shows at gourd and art shows. She came to California several years ago to be with family and has continued her winning ways; winning numerous ribbons in the Masters...

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