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Tessa Marguerite
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Volcano Theatre Company’s “The Miracle Worker.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

PLYMOUTH: Amador Brewing Company’s official grand opening is tomorrow, Saturday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Amador Brewing Company is located at 9659 Main Street, in Plymouth. Visit the Amador Brewing Company Facebook page for details.

AMADOR CITY: Save the date of Saturday, May 30 for the Centennial Anniversary of Amador City. Amador City was incorporated on June 2, 1915. Because June 2 falls on a Tuesday, the city will be celebrating our city’s 100th birthday the weekend before. If Amador City has a personal meaning for...

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Joe Svec
4 days ago
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Tessa Marguerite
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Springtime Punch. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As winter finally fades and spring begins to bloom, it’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the warmer temps and longer days. Elevate your festive seasonal brunches with springtime sips featuring St-Germain French artisanal elderflower liqueur!

Whether it’s an Easter brunch, spring fling, or a stylish garden party, St-Germain lends any daytime occasion a touch of class and sophistication. With hints of floral and fruit notes, St-Germain liqueur-based sips provide an elegant alternative to the usual daytime tipples. The...

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WWII Hawker Sea Fury. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Just over a month until May 30, when the Rotary of Ione Show & Shine Car and Vintage Aircraft Show opens its gates. The event organizers are expecting over 500 car entries. Last year, there were more than 600 cars, and an estimated attendance of 3,000. This year, attendees will enjoy vehicles in over 43 car classes. That same day, the airshow will feature a WWII Hawker Sea Fury, made by Hawker Company, in England. The Sea Fury is a heavy fighter and known for its imposing size and mass. Sanders Aeronautics, located at the Eagle’s... [Read more]
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The Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Sutter Creek Baptist Church

The Sutter Creek Baptist Church held a church-wide breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, prior to the worship service. The men’s breakfast group will meet again on Saturday, April 18. Call Ron Watson for details, at (209) 304-4414. We welcome you to join us for Bible study, Sunday mornings, at 9:15 a.m., Sunday evenings, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday evenings, at 6:30 p.m., following a time of prayer.

Ione Community United Methodist Church

Our Sunday worship services begin at 9 a.m., with coffee and pastries...

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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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Friends of the Amador County Library is hosting its Spring Used Book Sale where you will find good-quality books covering a wide range of subjects–from romantic and literary fiction, mysteries and biographies, to children’s. The sale begins Friday, April 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. (open to FACL members only. Non-members may join at the sale). The sale is open to the public on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (everything is half-price on Sunday), at the American Legion Hall Post 108, 12134... [Read more]
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A journalist who spent more than five years as a reporter for the Amador Ledger Dispatch is about to publish his second nonfiction book on crime issues in America. Scott Thomas Anderson said that readers who pick up his latest offering will journey through a number of eye-opening stories, including tales from Amador, Calaveras, Placer and Sacramento counties.

The book is titled, “The Cutting Four-piece: crime & tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding.”

Anderson was an intern at Sacramento News & Review in 2007 when he was hired...

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Photo courtesy of Master Food Preservers of Orange County

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train as a Master Food Preserver volunteer. UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers learn research-based information and then share that knowledge with our communities in Amador and Calaveras counties through public classes, community events and newsletters.

Priority is given to applicants who are residents of Amador and Calaveras counties. Applicants must be available to attend nine...

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Dale Laitinen teaching at Petroglyphe. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Quarry Hill Studio at Petroglyphe Gallery holds the resonance of a diversely creative world offered by seasoned artists sharing their process with blossoming students. Spring has sprung, and April showers bring two transforming workshops to the beautiful studio.

Exploring Underglaze Surfaces In Ceramics, with James Aarons.

First up on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a unique and rare workshop with Mr. Aarons where students will be encouraged to break the rules. Underglaze (think paint for ceramic objects) has come a...

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Hospice Offers Volunteer Training Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program The training will be held April 21, 22, and 23 at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson. For those interested in... [Read more]
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Chickens are easy to care for and provide eggs, fertilizer and fun. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Backyard chickens, a mainstay of the family farm, are steadily moving into new neighborhoods and joining communities nationwide, according to recent findings by Tractor Supply Company. The rural lifestyle retail store commissioned a survey of 1,000 Americans in support of “Chick Days,” a nationwide springtime event that features live baby chicks and ducklings in most Tractor Supply stores.

Even if they don’t own them personally, Americans are in the know when it comes to backyard poultry. Half of all adults — and 66 percent of...

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The City of Sutter Creek and the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation have come together to build a small park and gold mining exhibit located at the south end of Main Street in Sutter Creek. The exhibit includes artifacts from the Lincoln and Argonaut Mines and a five head stamp mill built by the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek in 1882.

A conceptual drawing by local artist and educator Rand Hugget was turned into construction drawings by local engineers Weber/Ghio and Associates and Cal State Engineering have been approved...

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Dale Laitinen teaching at Petroglyphe. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Quarry Hill Studio at Petroglyphe Gallery holds the resonance of a diversely creative world offered by seasoned artists sharing their process with blossoming students. Spring has sprung, and April showers bring two transforming workshops to the beautiful studio.

Exploring Underglaze Surfaces In Ceramics, with James Aarons.

First up on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a unique and rare workshop with Mr. Aarons where students will be encouraged to break the rules. Underglaze (think paint for ceramic objects) has come a...

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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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Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine, Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for 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...

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Tessa Marguerite
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The Kit Carson Mountain Men from left, standing: “Badger” Bill Pierce, “Iron Jack” Jack Lowe, “Quick Draw” Peter Garibaldi, “Slim” Mike Gonsman, John Queirolo, “Hawk Eye” Lynn Thompson, Jim Faddis. From left, sitting: “Rotten John” John Powers and Brian Oneto. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

John Queirolo, President of the Kit Carson Mountain Men, recently found a large book filled with historical photos and newspaper clippings dating back to the 1930s in a compilation that he calls, “The Lost Ledger.”

Queirolo recalled that he had seen the book before, many years ago, but it seemed to disappear with the passing of Harold Cummins, who originally compiled the ledger. Cummins joined the Mountain Men in the late 1940s and archived everything that was collected. When he passed away 12 years ago, the book, along with years...

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It’s not often that the story behind a great product begins with nomadic warriors on the plains of Africa, but for Cooper & Kid’s founder, Nichole Smaglick, that is exactly where the story began. After spending many years living with and studying warrior cultures, Smaglick’s idea for Cooper and Kid and the Cooper Kit emerged. The Cooper Kit offers an awesome quarterly box-of-fun for dads and kids to work on together, elevating Dad to superman status.

Cooper & Kid is the first subscription service that puts the power of play in dad’s...

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Soprano Marie Bedard. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents a concert of chamber music on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m., at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, in Martell.

The concert includes the Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet of Amy Beach (1867 – 1944), America’s foremost woman composer, Four Madrigals of Love for soprano and piano of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 – 1999), and the Quintet for piano and strings of British composer Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)....

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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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