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Carolyn Schmitz
5 days ago
“Thunderheads,” by Annie Fountain. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Celebrate our country and the creativity it generates. On Saturday, July 4, visit the 1st Saturday Amador Art Trek — a time to visit galleries and businesses that are featuring new or continuing shows for this monthly event. Gallery-hop to 12 galleries from 1 to 6 pm and you’re likely to meet artists. See and buy their new works while enjoying refreshments and mingling with other art-lovers. Pick up a handy, tri-fold brochure at one of the galleries to guide you to other locations. You can also find one online, at amadorarts.org,... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
Chamber members share the moment with Holiday Inn Express owner Atul Patel. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

On Tuesday, Holiday Inn Express, in Jackson, held a ribbon cutting ceremony as owner Atul Patel officially opened the hotel’s new swimming pool. Members of the Amador County Chamber of Commerce were on hand in support of their fellow Jackson business owner.

With a delicious spread of cookies, champagne, chips and sandwiches, guests enjoyed the ambiance in the quaint, yet good-sized courtyard that remains partly shaded throughout the day. The courtyard is bordered by mulched beds of drought-tolerant plants including agapanthus,...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Chad and Chuck Simmons, of Simmons Landscaping, above. Below, Simmons’ “HQ,” with drought-tolerant landscaping. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Eric Winslow
If it were possible that the mountainous comeliness of Amador County could be improved upon, it would have to be a job that could only be done by the likes of someone from the three generations of Simmons men, who have spent more than four decades doing their part to improve and beautify Amador County’s landscape. The Simmons family originally hailed from Oregon, until Charlie Simmons made his way down to California’s Southland. He wound up in Camarillo, where he started his landscape business modestly, just putting one lawn in for a... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago

Dental Hygienists will be placing “Interim Therapeutic Restorations” (fillings) free of charge beginning today, Friday, June 26 and continuing tomorrow, Saturday, June 27, at the UOP Dental Hygiene Clinic, located at 757 Brookside Road, in Stockton. All ages are welcome, including children aged 5 and older, and advance screening is preferred but not required. Hours on Friday are 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 until 5 p.m.

Call (209) 946-7404 to make a screening appointment, but...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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Join us this Friday, June 26, as we tap into two rare beers from Firestone Walker Brewing.

UDBA - Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale is 100% fermented in new American oak barrels and is left unfiltered. This is the beer that is blended with stainless fermented beer to make standard Double Barrel Ale.

Stickee Monkee - A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad. A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending. Turbinado brown...

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2 weeks ago

Togo's great sandwiches, a west coast original since 1971, will be holding a job fair on Tuesday, June 30th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 101 Clinton Road, in Jackson.

Togo's will be opening in late July at 12010 Industry Boulevard, next to the AT&T store.

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago

Raley’s Food For Families has launched its “refresh campaign,” designed to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada. Food For Families food bank partners will have access to a variety of fresh produce, in addition to dry goods, to distribute in their respective communities.

“The need for food assistance grows dramatically over the summer, but our food bank partners tell us that fresh, healthy produce is in extremely short supply,” said Jennie Teel Wolter, Food...

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3 weeks ago

Amador Cancer Research Foundation invites you to its annual Spaghetti Western, benefitting Amador Cancer Research Foundation, tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m., at Cooper Vineyards, located at 21365 Shenandoah School Road, in Plymouth.

More auction and raffle items have been added to the growing list of exciting items, which include a four-day wine cruise to Mexico with Terra d’Oro winemaker Chris Leamy, a 50-year-old Golden Jubilee Ford tractor, a second vintage Ford tractor with a bucket loader, a two-night stay at the...

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4 weeks ago

Great news for the first 50 guests in line at Jackson's new Carl's Jr./Green Burrito restaurant on opening day as they will receive free food for a year.

Premium burger chain Carl’s Jr. continues to grow in Northern California with the opening of its first location in Jackson on Wednesday, June 10. The new location is also the first in Amador County. Carl’s Jr. is known for its premium menu selections including 100 percent Black Angus beef thickburgers on fresh baked buns, including the new all-natural burger and most American...

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05/07/2015 12:39 PM

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation this week declaring May 2015 as “Small Business Month” in the State of California.

Last month, Governor Brown appointed Jesse Torres small business advocate in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). GO-Biz’s Office of Small Business Advocate supports the state’s small business community with technical and financial assistance and provides information on state business requirements.

GO-Biz serves as California’s office for economic development and...

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05/07/2015 11:59 AM

May is such a wonderful month with Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings, and nice weather. It’s the perfect time to work on our health and fitness — both indoors and outside If you're still looking for a place to get in shape or to maintain your healthy physique, try New York Fitness, in Jackson, where you can find all that you need to get and keep fit.

NYF is planning a mixer for Wednesday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the NYF pool. Fitzpatrick Physical Therapy will be in the spotlight, and the owners of Charlie's Garden Café and...

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04/30/2015 2:12 PM
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Last week, the Amador Ledger Dispatch printed a story on Bella Donna Wax Salon, in Jackson. The telephone number has been changed.

The correct telephone number is (209) 217-8381. There is also a new website, belladonna.com/Jackson.

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Carolyn Schmitz
04/30/2015 1:33 PM
The Turkey Avocado Wrap comes in a 6-inch or 9-inch sandwich. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Beth Barnard

Togo’s Eateries are serving up the same delicious sandwiches that have satisfied diners since 1971 with a new, health-conscious twist — Togo’s has gone gluten-free. Without too much extra fuss, staff at many of the Togo’s Eateries in California will specially prepare your favorite sandwich, minus the gluten. There are also several new gluten-free sandwiches added to the menu to tempt your taste buds.

Amador Ledger Dispatch employees were recently invited to sample Togo’s new gluten-free menu, which looks and tastes a lot like its...

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04/16/2015 11:26 AM
Shannon Roy, Jessica Dalton, and Jessica O'Riley. Amador Ledge Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues

Jessica Dalton was tired of driving out of town for a good wax, so she decided to open her own waxing salon on Main Street. in Jackson. Working with Dalton are two licensed and certified aesthetician/cosmetologists, Shannon Roy and Jessica O’Riley. The sleek, modern shop is at 145 Main Street, and will be offering “special occasion” make-up featuring Dalton’s own make up line, Bella Donna Cosmetics, in the very near future.

Dalton has roots both here and her native Kentucky. Family members representing both coasts were there for...

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04/10/2015 1:04 PM
Julie Swaner. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues

A year after Young’s Payless IGA was nearly sold to Family Dollar, owner Kevin Young related the saga of the sale that didn’t happen.

In March 2014, Family Dollar Stores Inc. contacted Young asking to buy his store in Pioneer. He declined, stating that the Young family was happy with the store and the community. Family Dollar countered that they would buy property across the street and put him out of business. Young got advice from many people, including the store’s biggest wholesaler, and was overwhelmingly advised to sell. The...

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04/10/2015 10:23 AM
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The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual Commercial Wine Competition which will be held June 3 through 5. First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine event in North America. More than 700 wineries and 2,800 entries were part of the 2014 competition. It is the only competition dedicated to evaluating and selecting the best wines from all California wine regions.

The online entry system makes submitting wine into the competition easier than ever. Entries will...

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04/10/2015 10:14 AM
Amador Brewery’s Will Pritchard. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues
The thirsty wait is over. Amador Brewing Company is officially opening Saturday, April 18,, 11:30 to 8 p.m. I met brewer Will Pritchard on a recent breezy sunny afternoon and after short introductions he immediately started explaining the brewing process which starts with cracked barley malt and hot water in the large brew tanks located in direct view of the tasting room. Through a weave of sparkling pipes running up walls and across ceilings, the barley and water “tea” is moved to the next tanks where the yeast is added and finally... [Read more]
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04/02/2015 11:58 AM
Photo by Kam Merzlak

Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine, Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. Plus, a day of special “car show” discounts at Jackson restaurants – it’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!

The fifth annual Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s unique...

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04/02/2015 11:54 AM
Mark and Lisa Klosowski celebrate their shop’s 26th anniversary witha clock giveaway. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of The Music Box Company and to celebrate, owners Mark and Lisa Klosowski held a drawing for a free Rhythm clock valued at $500. The drawing was such a hit that they have decided to do it annually. On April 1, The Music Box Company celebrated 26 years in the music box business and they would like to invite you to celebrate it with them. Any in-store purchase of $25 or more, between April 1 and April 30, will enter you into a drawing to win a free Rhythm animated clock of your choice, valued up to... [Read more]
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04/03/2015 9:53 AM

Mother Lode Job Training (formerly Job Connection) has scholarship and training funds available for eligible adults and dislocated workers.

Last program year, we awarded $297,000 in scholarships to eligible participants in fields from medical assisting, truck driving, welding and more. Eligibility conditions do apply, so contact MLJT for more information and to see if you qualify.

We are now located in the Health and Human Services Building, at 10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700, in Sutter Creek. Hours of operation are Monday through...

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