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Business Network International

BNI is a business and professional networking organization whose primary purpose is to exchange qualified business referrals. The philosophy of BNI is built upon the idea of “Givers Gain.” BNI offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals. The best way to find out about BNI is to visit our local chapter. BNI Gold Country Founders invites local businesses to a Visitor’s Day meeting on Tuesday, April 21. The meeting is held from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the Margaret Dalton Center, in...

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Amador County’s 43rd Annual Home Tour, sponsored by the American Association of University Women’s Amador Branch, will be held on April 18. Vines, Views & Villas is a tour of rural Amador County that includes four homes and a history-laden cemetery, all within 10 miles of the historic cities of Jackson and Sutter Creek. The tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be docents to guide, an art show to view and tea and cookies to enjoy. Tickets, available March 16, are $22, or $25 on the day of the tour. You can purchase your... [Read more]
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One of NAMI’s Signature programs, Peer to Peer, a 10-week educational program to enhance mental health recovery, begins Monday April 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., at First 5 Amador, located at 975 Broadway, in Jackson.

This program is for individuals living with mental illness and is taught by NAMI-trained mentors who are well along in recovery. Goals are to provide education about mental illness, emotional and practical support, independent problem solving and relapse prevention.

This is the eighth time NAMI Amador has been able to offer...

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While we attempt to delay our own inevitable aging, bonsai experts embrace the opposite as it relates to their miniature trees. Specimens looking old and even ancient with weather-beaten trunks and twisted limbs are prized and valued for their natural artistic beauty.

A free public demonstration at the Mother Lode Bonsai Club on Saturday, April 4 will focus on two essential methods of increasing the illusion of age: jin and shari. The club meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with the demonstration following immediately after by David...

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Wyman Dickerson
03/19/2015 9:32 AM
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The Sutter Creek Lions Club recently served the community by providing Lions service to the Stan Kelly Memorial Crab Feed. This volunteer activity occurred at the Sutter Creek Auditorium in Sutter Creek. Completion of the Lions Club service project is a benefit to the surrounding community in a myriad of ways – from youth scholarships to aid for the less fortunate.

According to Chuck Swiderski, Project Director of the Sutter Creek Lions Club, “Money raised February 28 allows Lions to meet pressing needs in our community, including...

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John Tuttle
03/19/2015 9:31 AM
AAUW met with G.H.O.S.T., a new club at Argonaut High, to support and encourage the younger women. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
During the month of February, many groups and organizations take time to recognize women in education, both in history and today. In our own area, Clark’s Corner, in Ione, hosted the first ever round table discussion for Girls Helping Other Sisters Thrive (G.H.O.S.T.), a newly formed club at Argonaut High School aimed to support and encourage young women in their personal and academic endeavors. Members from the Amador Branch of AAUW, American Association of University Women, made this evening possible by being the inspiring and... [Read more]
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03/12/2015 10:25 AM
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The UCCE Amador County Master Gardeners will present a free, water-wise gardening class on March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Join Master Gardeners Gail Sweet, Karen Friis and Alan Vosburgh as they show you how to convert your lawn into a colorful, edible landscape.

You will also learn about vibrant natives and other drought-tolerant plants that require little water. See the 100 All-Star Flowers from UC Davis, shrubs and trees specially designated for our region and soil.

This class is open to the public and is being held at the Amador...

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03/05/2015 1:45 PM
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Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown

The Educational Research Center of America is pleased to announce that Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown is one of the 2013-2014 Community Contribution scholarship winners. Dahkota attends Argonaut High School, and is one of 25 students selected from a pool of more than 1200 applicants from across the country, who demonstrated a clear commitment to improving his community while making the world a better place for all. Winners are selected based on their commitment to improving their local community and to using...

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Elizabeth Rhein
02/26/2015 10:08 AM
Jackson Rotary distributes dictionaries to all third graders in the county. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Studies show that there is a direct correlation between children’s inability to read at the end of third grade and the number of prisons and jails that need to be operational. Yet something as simple as having a book of their own can help alleviate this problem. And what better book than a dictionary, with its endless opportunity to learn new words and facts about the world around us? That’s part of the reason that Rotary International sponsors a program called Dictionary Day, and why Jackson Rotary has quietly been part of it for 10... [Read more]
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02/26/2015 9:36 AM
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Roses are the Queen of Flowers, and every Queen needs her Court. Companion plants complement the beauty of roses. On Tuesday March 3, at 1:30 p.m., the Mother Lode Rose Society is privileged to present “Companion Plants for Roses” with special guest speaker Charlotte Owendyk. The program is free, open to all and held at the Amador Senior Center, located at 229 New York Ranch Road, in Jackson.

Companion plants are like the icing on the cake, and just as it’s important to use the right ingredients when baking, the right companion...

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02/19/2015 12:42 PM
Sierra Madre Garden Club will host its monthly meeting on Feb. 24. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Kindergarten Kick-Off

Starting Kindergarten this year? Are you and your child ready? You are invited to an evening at your new school. First 5 Amador and school district staff will answer questions and help you prepare for this big step. Offered at all Amador County elementary schools. Sign-ups are not required, but call ahead if free childcare is needed, at (209) 257-1092. School meeting times are as follows: Jackson Elementary, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6 to 7 p.m.; Plymouth Elementary, Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.; Pine Grove...

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02/12/2015 6:48 AM
A very "Sherlockian" Kathy Boyd Fellure, founder and leader of Amador Fiction Writer Critique Group. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On February 2, the Amador Fiction Writers Critique Group celebrated their ninth anniversary with a photo shoot in the Baker Street West room at Hein & Company Used and Rare Bookstore, in Jackson. Members of the AFWCG write in genres of history, romance, contemporary women's, children's, young adult, international thriller, mystery, fantasy and magical realism. For more information on the group, visit amadorfictionwriters.com.

In the photo, from left, are AFWCG members Carrie McAlsiter, Sarah Armstrong-Garner, Kathy Boyd Fellure,...

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02/05/2015 11:40 AM
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Quilters wanted as passengers for a field trip to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles to tour their Antique Ohio Amish Quilt exhibit on Friday, Feb. 27, sponsored by the Mother Lode Quilters’ Guild. Cost is $49, which includes bus fee, admission, tour, gratuity, water and snacks. Lunch is available within walking distance of the museum. The 45-passenger bus leaves Jackson at 8 a.m., and returns home by 6 p.m. On the way home, we will stop in Livermore at In Between Stitches quilt store. For further details, contract Rita... [Read more]
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02/05/2015 10:12 AM
Volcano Theatre Company invites you to audition for its upcoming original play. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Auditions

Volcano Theatre Company invites you to audition for its upcoming original play, “The Great Amador Carnival of 1886,” or “What’s a Damsel to Do?” written by Rolf Hein and Dana Hein, directed by Rolf Hein. This melodrama is a rollicking romp through the old days of Amador. Acting, singing and dancing parts are available for men, women and children of various ages. Come join us for all the fun on the following dates: Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 18,...

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01/23/2015 10:24 AM
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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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01/23/2015 10:16 AM
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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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01/23/2015 10:12 AM
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Mother Lode Bonsai Club will get back-to-basics at its free public demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 7. The technique of wiring and styling will be presented by Frank Garcia, of Sonora, as part of the club’s monthly agenda. The demonstration will follow the member meeting, which starts at 10 a.m., at the former Calaveras County Water District office, located at 423 E. St. Charles Street (Highway. 49), in San Andreas.

“The purpose of wiring is to direct a part of the tree into a new position for visual appeal or for corrective...

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01/16/2015 11:06 AM
At last year’s luncheon, the Sierra Belles modeled fun and functional fashions. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Come join us for a fun and fabulous event, on March 3, at the Jackson Rancheria, Ballroom A. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and fashion show starting at 12:30 p.m. All clothing being modeled is from the Hospice Thrift Store. The cost is $25 and includes free $10 slot or match play at the Casino. The event will include raffle prizes and a Grand Prize donated by the Casino. For tickets, please call Linda at (209) 274-9910, before the deadline on February 24. No walk- ins accepted.

Sierra Belles is a ladies’ social group...

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01/16/2015 10:47 AM
Victoria Robinson is remembered through a high school art scholarship. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Victoria Robinson Art Scholarship

An art scholarship in memory of Victoria Robinson has been established for students of Amador High School for 2015 and ongoing years. Contributions may be made to Amador High School, Victoria Robinson Scholarship Fund, c/o Mel Jagoda, 330 Spanish Street, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. For questions, contact Barbara Wells, (209) 223-1170, or wellsbr@comcast.net.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The Mother Lode Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is recruiting volunteers to assist with monitoring the quality of...

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01/16/2015 10:43 AM
The Deal and Dine committee, Andrea Dye and Heidi Wintsch. Below, Sutter Creek Woman’s Club members Norva Fagg, Maggie Lambert, Dixie Pinelli and Kathy Brown. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Sutter Creek Woman’s Club held its first meeting of the year at the Sutter Creek Community Center. Hostess Stephanie Woolverton served a lovely luncheon to the members at noon.

The members enjoyed a presentation from four local women who spoke on growing up in Amador County. Norva Fagg, Maggie Lambert, Dixie Pinelli and Kathy Brown gave an intimate view on how life really was in those early days. All the women spoke of many fond memories and the kindness of neighbors.

A business meeting followed, with discussion about...

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