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Jackson United Methodist Church, in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie.

Church of the Nazarene

On Sunday, March 29, Church of the Nazarene will host services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Get ready for joyful worship and an inspiring message. At 9:45 a.m., classes for all ages are offered on a variety of subjects. Sacred Space Youth Group is on Sunday at 6 p.m. for jr. high and high school youths. All are welcome. Church of the Nazarene is located at 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek.

King’s View Assembly of God

Clark’s Corner hosted a dinner fundraiser Saturday, March 14, for King’s View Assembly of God. The...

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March 28

Amador’s Got Talent: It’s that time again. Operation Care is having its third dinner and talent show fundraiser on Saturday March 28. If you have a talent, Amador County wants to see it. For more information and tickets, visit operationcare.org, or call (209) 223-2897.

March 27 through 29

One-Act Festival: 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 who, in just 90 minutes,...

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Kory Gibbs, AKA “Lightning Boy.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Lightning Boy and His Thundering Blues Band will be giving a free concert with special guests Nedra & Julio, 3FT Giant and Austin Morgan, at Volcano’s St. George Hotel tomorrow, March 28. “It’s a free show to thank everybody that has supported Kory… A ‘thank you’ to Amador County,” said Kory’s dad, Mike Gibbs. The concert will take place from noon to 5 p.m., with Lightning Boy and His Thundering Blues Band playing around 2:30 p.m. The concert will be outside in the garden area of the hotel. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch,... [Read more]
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Celebrate Recovery

Got a hurt, habit or hang-up? Celebrate Recovery is offering a Christ-centered Men’s Step Study on Mondays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class began on March 23. This step study is a Biblical small group where we use the 12 steps of recovery to overcome hang-ups. We recognize God is our higher power, and that He can restore us to sanity. We also learn how to improve our relationship with God and incorporate Him into our daily lives. Celebrate Recovery meets at the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, located at 14050...

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Get A Clue! Murder Mystery featuring Giles Turner and others. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Local Playwright Beth Barnard has created an original script full of drama, comedy, mystery, and just maybe, a murder. Local actors makeup the cast of this dinner theater evening performance that will turn into a mystery right before your eyes. With a combination like that, it is almost certain that a rollicking good time will be had by all. In addition to all the laughter and surprise, by attending this event, guests will also be supporting the nonprofit organization, AmadorArts. The Murder Mystery Dinner takes place on Sunday,... [Read more]
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The Easter Bunny gives hugs. Photo by Leslie Sellman-Sant

The Easter Bunny is coming to Amador Flower Farm. She hides her eggs at the farm every year and kids — toddler to 13 years old — have a great time hunting for them in the daylilies. The hunt will take place on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m., at the farm in the daylily growing grounds.

Guests are invited to take a photo with the Easter Bunny and have a picnic. Plan to arrive early. The hunt begins at 1 p.m., sharp.

The hunt will take place — rain or shine. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Sorry, no pets are...

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The term “cottage” understates the grandeur of this three-story home, which sits on 5 acres and has expanded from 3000 sq. ft. to its present 5,000 sq. ft. A modest gravel driveway leads to the home’s entrance. The entry door, featuring beautiful stain glass, was imported from Portugal. The foyer is a cozy greeting area with unique furniture pieces and lovely paintings.

The remodeled kitchen has light stained oak cabinets by local craftsman John LeSage, slate floors and granite counter tops throughout. The nearby dining room is open...

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“Sweet Dreams,” by Hinsdale. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Calaveras Arts Council is soliciting foothill artists of all mediums to participate in a themed show based around likely or unlikely pairs. The name of the show is “(Un)Likely Pairs. Artists are encouraged to create “Outside the Box.” Think martini glass and olive, cat and dog, fish and fish hook, garden spade and rake, shark and sardine, rose and thorn. Go wild!

The Gallery Store located at 22 N. Main Street, San Andreas, will receive until April 27, hang the show April 28 and 29. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 2...

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Presented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee and Patagonia South Lake Tahoe, the 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival South Lake Tahoe combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Featured films will include exciting outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference. The Film Festival will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the MontBleu Showroom.

“This year we’ve chosen adventure films with a...

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Sally Jean Balay was born February 8, 2015. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Sally Jean Balay was born February 8, 2015, at 2:40 p.m., at Roseville Kaiser, in Roseville, to James and Cristen Balay, of Volcano. Baby Sally weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce, and measured 21 inches in length. Grandparents are Mike and Cindy Balay, of Pine Grove, and David and Carol Ryan, of Pine Grove. Great-grandmother is Ruth Trammell, of Jackson.

Jayson James Holder was born February 9, 2015, at 4:01 a.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Amber Ball and Jason Holder, of Jackson. He weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces, and measured...

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“A Rainy Day In Ione,” by George Lambert. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“April Showers Bring May Flowers.” That is the theme at Sutter Creek Gallery for the month of April. Rather than featuring a single artist, all of the cooperative members have been challenged to create a piece of art related to this theme. Group exhibitions will alternate with shows highlighting individual artists.

Gallery members create paintings in all media, produce photographs of wild and domestic animals, as well as local scenes, fabricate jewelry from handmade beads and natural materials, turn gourds into works of art, and...

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Kate Hicks and Arleen Kingston as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Volcano Theatre Company is pleased to announce the kick-off of its 2015 season with the opening of,”The Miracle Worker,” by William Gibson. Set in the post-Civil War South, the play tells the story of a young, blind and deaf Helen Keller and her working-class teacher, Annie Sullivan, who gives Helen the miracle of language. Emotional and intellectual conflicts drive the story as Annie battles Helen, her family and Annie’s own demons to unlock Helen from her prison of darkness and silence. Annie’s and Helen’s ultimate triumph ushered... [Read more]
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“Lucky.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Gallery M, located in the heart of River Pines, will be celebrating it’s Grand Opening Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rick and Betsy Miller opened Gallery M in early January this year. The gallery features the hand- forged iron art of Rick who is an award winning blacksmith and a member of the California Blacksmith Association and the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association.

Betsy assembles rusty metal objects, makes jewelry, designs gift cards and custom leather bags. Her work has been in galleries across the country...

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Up-Country Drama, comprised of actors from both Pioneer Elementary and Pine Grove Elementary schools, presents, “We’re Off To Save The Wizard,” a fantasy-adventure for children of all ages by Craig Sodaro, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s, “Tik Tok of Oz,” the eighth in the series of more than 40 Oz stories.

The Wizard of Oz has been kidnapped. The evil Nome King Ruggedo is demanding that he be made king of the world, and he’s holding the Wizard and his apprentice hostage until Ozma, Queen of Oz, agrees to step aside. Ozma sends...

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This region’s finest chefs, including Darius Somary, left, and ardent wine enthusiasts gather to celebrate great food and wine. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

With VIP tickets for Amador Four Fires now sold out, the good news is that the A4F All-Access Experience tickets are still available. These tickets include wine, food, access to all the activities, your glass and parking.

A4F is a new concept wine and food festival to ignite your senses. Four celebrated wine regions inspire the art of Amador’s winemakers and winegrowers, and the cuisine of star chefs cooking with open flame. Experience Syrahs, Mouvedres and Grenaches from the South of France. Explore Italy with Barberas, Sangioveses...

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Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A special cameo appearance by the new 24-member Amador Community Chorus will take place on March 22, at 2 p.m., at the Amador Senior Center. Under the direction of bandleader Steve Chambers, the new group will share the stage and plans to debut four to five songs, including, “Mack the Knife” and “Blue Skies.”

Re-appearing at the Senior Center for the bulk of the program will be the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 10-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s — The “Great Gatsby Era” and “The...

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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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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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Shriners Hospital For Children transforms lives. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As Shriners, we are blessed to be a part of the one-of-a-kind international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children – Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California.

The hospital provides specialty pediatric care and clinical programs, such as orthopedic, burns, plastic surgery, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate surgery, pediatric urology surgery and innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. But what pulls all this together is all of our volunteers that work at all of our Shrine...

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The Arc of Amador and Calaveras has been providing support to individuals with intellectual disabilities since 1971. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

In 1987, President Ronald Regan proclaimed March “National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” The deinstitutionalization movement of the seventies and early eighties had laid the foundation for significant social change, and the presidential proclamation called upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities (aka intellectual disabilities) to reach their potential.

As citizens with intellectual disabilities began living within the general community in...

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