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Jaylynn carefully placed her painted hands on the walls of River Pines’ Little Free Library. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Highlight: RIVER PINES: In River Pines, the Little Free Library is a very popular resource. A big “thanks” to Friends of the Library for donating funds for the unit. Anyone can come pick up a book to read, or leave a book for someone else, at any time. Little Free Libraries can be found in multiple locations throughout Amador County and elsewhere.

SONORA: Sierra Repertory Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” opens tomorrow, Feb. 28 and will be showing until May 3, at the East Sonora Theatre. One of the most popular Disney movies of all...

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Amador Bonsai Society. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Sutter Creek Woman’s Club

The next meeting of Sutter Creek Woman’s Club will be on Wednesday, March 4. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m., and luncheon will be served by Norva Fagg and other members at noon, at Sutter Creek Community Center. A speaker will provide information on how to cope with the loss of a loved one. The president, Jackie Murphy, will present information on the recent fundraiser, “Deal and Dine,” which was well supported by the community. Our thanks to the many who joined in the card games. The winners for Bridge...

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For the February 24th, 2015 edition of the Rotary Tailings, click here. [Read more]
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Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Church of the Nazarene

Consider becoming part of Church of the Nazarene’s Hospitality Team. This is a critical ministry, as those who serve in its capacity help stimulate and strengthen the connection and social interaction among the people in our church family. You can help provide a welcome and warm gathering place for people to fellowship — to help everyone feel that this church is their church. Jesus can use you to be His welcoming arms to draw people from the outside into His presence. We need people of all ages to take part 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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Amador Lifeline provides a critical service when you need it. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Lifeline, a program of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency announced American Legion Post 108 Ambulance Service’s endorsement of the Amador Lifeline emergency response service. Amador Lifeline’s local service although primarily used for medical emergencies routes calls for fire and police services when a client pushes their personal help button or by the automated fall alert detection button.

Both American Legion Ambulance and Amador Lifeline serve clients in Amador and Calaveras counties.

Additionally, both programs...

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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 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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The Amador Red Cross will host an afternoon of old Red Cross videos depicting shelters and other care at major disasters. The videos will be shown Saturday, February 21, at 2 p.m. at the Rollingwood Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 20 Rollingwood Dr., just off New York Ranch Road.

Not only can you learn how to become a Red Cross Volunteer, but you can learn “Hands Only” CPR. One quarter of Americans say they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them would you know what to do? Studies have shown that using...

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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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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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Fun times were had by all at the Mardi Gras party on Saturday, Feb. 7. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Last Saturday’s Mardi Gras and Cajun Cook-Off was a lively event, filling Sutter Creek Auditorium to bursting with costumed revelers ranging from fancy to the fanciful. Sponsored by Manassero Insurance and hosted by Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation, the party was a sensory experience of enticing smells, bold flavors, festive music, flowing colors and friendly people everywhere.

The evenings events were emceed by Kam Merzlak (whose evening gown was surprisingly flattering) and Dave Eisenhaur. Over The Edge performed...

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Tessa Marguerite
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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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2 weeks ago
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Soprano Soloist Alexis Magarò. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m., enjoy a symphony concert by the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music. In addition to Conductor Henrik Jul Hansen, Alexis Magarò, soprano soloist, will also be present. Music will include works by Richard Strauss, as well as Death and Transfiguration, Festival March, “Morgan” and “Cäcilie” for soprano and orchestra, and the Final Scene from the opera Capricco. The concert will be held at Church of the Nazarene, in Sutter Creek. Admission is $20 for adults, children under 18 are free. Tickets are... [Read more]
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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 Feb. 8, from 2 to 6 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 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’ interests;... [Read more]
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For 29 years, the California State Summer School for the Arts has sought the most talented high school aged visual, literary, media and performing artists in California. The teenagers who are selected are designated California Arts Scholars and attend one of the country’s premier summer arts programs on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, this year from July 11 – August 7, 2015.

Over its history, CSSSA has provided its exemplary four-week summer arts program to more than 14,000 talented high school...

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Connor Damon Vinciguerra. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Connor Damon Vinciguerra was born January 10, 2015, at 4:50 p.m., at Mercy Hospital of Folsom, in Folsom, to Austin and Larissa Vinciguerra, of El Dorado Hills (originally Jackson). He was delivered by Carrie Gordon, MD, OBGYN. Baby Connor weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches in length. Grandparents are Wayne and Susan Vinciguerra, and Tammy Walker. Great-grandparents are Ginger Vinciguerra, of Jackson, and Raymond Reid, of Yerington, Nevada.

Vivian Adela Roberts was born January 20, 2015, at 3:12 a.m., at Sutter...

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