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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
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On Friday, Aug. 1, join your friends at Volcano Amphitheatre, in downtown Volcano, to hear Over the Edge, voted Best Amador Band in 2013.

AmadorArts presents its annual TGIF Free Summer Concert Series. Every Friday evening this summer, hear local bands at a different Amador County outdoor venue. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic, your favorite beverage, a light sweater, just in case, and prepare your mind to greet the weekend with great home-grown music. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and run until dusk.

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s slots and table games paid out more than $3 million to guests during the month of June.

“June was a big month at Jackson with all of the excitement surrounding the conclusion of the Dream Wedding Giveaway,” said Rich Hoffman, CEO of Jackson Rancheria. “July will be just as exhilarating, offering our loyal patrons even more ways to win.”

Rancheria Hot Reels: Drawings from 8 a.m. to midnight, Thursdays in July. All Dreamcatcher’s Club members get one free entry. The top 70 from each tournament...

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4 days ago
The Mokelumne River has been the source of inspiration for innumerable works of art, and will serve as the inspiration for AmadorArts’ “River Reflections.” Photo of Jan Freischlag's "Wet and Wild" is courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Artists of all disciplines who live in Amador and Calaveras counties are invited to submit qualifications and samples of work for an opportunity to participate in a project called, “River Reflections.” The deadline to submit an application online is midnight, Aug. 22. Artists selected as Finalist Artists will be invited to create work inspired by the Mokelumne River, and they will have until Dec. 1, to do so. Visual artists — in both two- and three-dimensional genres — dancers, musicians, composers, actors, literary and video artists... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
The Amador County Fair runs from July 24 through 27, at the County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth. Highlights include Grange and 4-H competitions, creative and fine arts competitions, exceptional animals, horse and ranch events, livestock events, an antique tractor parade and gas engine display and great live music, including The Spazmatics, It’s All Good and Hero’s Last Mission. That’s not including the carnival rides, local wines, fun foods and shows, including the Mistress of Mesmerism and Jumbo Shrimp Circus. Visit amadorcountyfair.com... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
At the Jr. Livestock Auction during the Amador County Fair, there will be an opportunity to support both the local community and the Interfaith Food Bank by purchasing an animal and donating it to the Food Bank. The frozen meat can then be used throughout the year, thus decreasing the issue of an over-abundance during the holidays and insufficient food supplies in summer months.

The auction will take place on the last day of the fair, which is Sunday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. After bidding on and purchasing an animal at...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
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If you just can’t wait six more days for the Amador County Fair, here’s some good news for you: The Fifth Annual Fair Kick-Off BBQ is tomorrow, Saturday, July 19. Come out to the fairgrounds for an evening of live music, dancing and hardy barbecued vittles.

The Amador County Fair Foundation has organized the Kick-off BBQ as a thank you to new and current foundation members, and as a celebration of the upcoming fair. Pat Crew, president of the Amador County Fair Foundation and emcee of tomorrow’s event commented, “Fair funding is...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
"The Adventures of Bella and Harry, Let's Visit Maui"
“The Adventures of Bella and Harry, Let’s Visit Maui!” is the 12th installment in this children’s series, and follows a pair of cute and cuddly Chihuahua pups as they visit a dormant volcano, attend a luau and learn to hula. Author Lisa Manzione based this series of children’s books on the premise that geography is one of the most important parts of learning, and aims to help children think globally, not only about the area in which they live. “I do not believe that there are enough books for children between the ages of five and ten... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
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Teens get involved when it's time for fair

By Walter Guerra

Can teens be involved in the Amador County Fair you ask? The answer is yes, teens can be involved in many different ways. Whether they are part of 4-H, a sports team that has a booth, or just want to have fun at the carnival, the fair is the perfect place for teens to have a blast.

Amador County Fair has many activities and booths related to teens. There is a Kids Day Parade in downtown Plymouth, on July 24, at 9:30 a.m. They also can buy a burger from the...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
Dancin' in the Street appens on
Wingnut Adams at Castle Oaks: AmadorArts presents the TGIF Summer Concert Series, featuring Wingnut Adams, injecting his own life experiences into a funky musical stew that will capture hearts and souls, at Castle Oaks, in Ione, on July 18, from 6 p.m. until dusk. Concerts are free. Pack a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and a light sweater, and plan to socialize, relax to the music and maybe even get up and dance. Outside beverages are not permitted at this venue. For details about this show or any concert in the TGIF Summer Concert... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
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Don and Carole Noce-Goodall, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Don and Carole were married in Carson City, Nevada, on July 11, 1964. They celebrated by spending a week La Jolla, California, joined by family members from Las Cruces, Valley Springs, California and Independence, Missouri. Their fun-filled week included a dinner cruise from the San Diego Harbor, boogie-boarding at the beach, a kayaking tour to the La Jolla Caves, and visits to the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. The trip provided... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
The nation’s capital welcomed more than 3,500 members of one of its foremost service organizations with the arrival of the Daughters of the American Revolution for its 123rd annual Continental Congress. Attending were Ida Ruth Edmonson-Johnson, Registrar, of Sutter Creek; Barbara McMahon, California State Officer, of Pioneer; and Janice Brady, associate member, of Louin, Mississippi, all members of the Sierra Amador chapter in Jackson. Highlights of the week-long event included welcoming respected keynote speakers and award winners... [Read more]
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4 days ago
Recent SCUTI graduate, Robin Vondrak, earned multiple honors during her course of study. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sutter Creek native Robin Vondrak recently graduated from the Sacramento Campus of Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.

Vondrak attended Pioneer High School before completing the Automotive Training Program at UTI. Vondrak received multiple Student of the Course honors, which are awarded to the student with the highest grade in a given course. She is currently working at...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
Pastor Tim Gravatt will be providing the message at our 9 a.m. service, followed by coffee and fellowship in the Social Hall. The next EFAP food distribution will be on Saturday, July 19, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. On Monday night at 6 p.m. the Discovery Group will address the final chapter in The Prodigal God series. Adult Bible study meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Senior meals are served at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. The next Coffee With Friends will be on Saturday, July 26, from 9:30 - 11:30 in the Social Hall. All members... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
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World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1 through 7. The “Big Latch On” event will be held on Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at Detert Park, in Jackson, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support. All are welcome. For more information, contact Nikki Silveira-Bergen, silveirabergen@yahoo.com, or (916) 802-8302. To learn more about Big Latch On, visit biglatchon.org.

Mental Illness

The Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Amador, is holding an affiliate meeting and support...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
The families of Sarah Tullus and Frederick Hard III are pleased to announce their marriage on July 20, 2014, in Carmel, Calif.

The bride’s parents are Susan Turner and James Marques, of Monterey, Calif. Sarah is a 1998 graduate of Carmel High School, and a 2005 graduate of California State University at Chico. She works at the Amador Ledger Dispatch as a graphic designer.

The groom’s parents are Frederick Hard II, of Sarasota, Fla., and Gretchen Hard, of Chico, Calif. Fred attended Eagle Hill School, in Greenwich, Conn., and...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
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Robert Vela, Jackson native, was recently named one of the top ten finalists in the Records of Life Contest. The goal of the contest was to design child health records to be better understood by parents and to be more flexible for health workers. The specific focus of Vela’s project was on improving designs for developing nations with issues like poverty, low literacy and limited resources.

Vela’s “EZ Immunization Form,” had a brochure that was then put into an envelope with lots of information on it. The hardest part, according...

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Carolyn Schmitz
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Madilynn Grace Fisher. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Madilynn Grace Fisher was born May 22, 2014, at 6:41 p.m., at Baptist Health Medical Center, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to Will and Cassie Fisher, of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Baby Madilynn weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. She is a very proud addition to our family and will be very loved by all.

Graycen Marie Wilkey was born June 2, 2014, at 5:11 p.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Ryan and Tyler Wilkey, of Ione. She weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. Baby...

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4 days ago
Guests now have the chance to purchase tickets to the newest acts of Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Summer Concert Series. This summer’s line-up of artists includes Kory Gibbs and the Thundering Blues Band, Jonny Lang, House of Floyd, Cheech & Chong, REO Speedwagon and Heart.

Kory Gibbs and the Thundering Blues Band performs the blues to the delight of fans, friends and Baby Boomers tonight at 7 p.m., in the Grand Oak Ballroom.

The 14-year old guitar prodigy has been playing since he was six years old. He is mostly...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
Annie Elliot creates Sweet Kernel magic at a recent local event. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher
Like a great redwood seedling, local resident Annie Elliot has grown from the fire-scorched earth of her life to start anew, while bringing popped deliciousness to area events and farmer’s markets.

Elliot began her education on the East Coast, then, following her father, headed west to complete her geology degree at California State University, Sacramento. Her career took off as she traveled throughout Northern California for Teichert Aggregates to survey and classify locations for sand or quarries.

Things were moving along...

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Carolyn Schmitz
5 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Walter Guerra
Create your own sustainable dining experience, from garden to table.

By WALTER GUERRA

True Value is cutting out the grocery store. True Value Hardware, in Jackson, is making it easy to grow healthy food right out of your yard. You can purchase supplies at True Value Hardware to dehydrate, can and compost your fruits and vegetables. They are also selling self-sustaining cookbooks to teach you the basics of taking food straight from your garden to your table.

With these new additions to the True Value store, you can now create...

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