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Emily Metzger, left, and Monica Drazba lend their experience to the local Farm To School Effort. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode attracts emerging leaders in the Farm to School movement by keeping it local.

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally-grown service members — one in Calaveras and the other in El Dorado.

Now in its fourth year, FoodCorps, a national service organization, recruits and trains a team...

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Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Re-appearing on Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson, will be the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a ten-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s — The “Great Gatsby Era” and “The Swing Era” — using dance band instrumentation of six horns (saxophones, clarinets, trumpets and trombone) and four rhythm (banjo, piano, bass and drums).

The band will feature vocals from instrumentalists Chrissy Sleigh, Arlene White and Eric Johnson. Newest tunes added to the repertoire are, “Give...

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“Camping With Henry and Tom:” Volcano Theatre Company, in its 41st season, presents its first fall offering, “Camping with Henry and Tom,” directed by Patti Fredericks, and starring Marty Brifman, Brad Barnard, Chris Witt and Joe Svec (see review on page 1). The play runs Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 8, with Sunday performances on Oct. 12, 19 and 26, at the Cobblestone Theatre, located in the heart of Volcano. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $16, $14 for seniors 62 and over. For more information,... [Read more]
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Autumn has brought cooler temperatures, and even some welcome rains. This weekend might be the perfect time for a steaming bowl of White Bean and Vegetable Soup with Meatballs. This hearty autumn treat will warm your insides and fill your home with the savory smells this season is famous for.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup thinly sliced carrots

1 cup diced onion

3/4 cup diced celery

1 medium zucchini, diced

1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14-ounce) can...

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Celebrating 15 groundbreaking years, the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Annual “Call for Entries” has begun.

For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world and broke records again last year with an astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from boutique wineries and large scale producers spanning 25 different...

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2 weeks ago
Pat Kaunert portrays Mark Twain at this year’s Gold Rush Day, in Angels Camp. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The third annual Gold Rush Day, in historic downtown Angels Camp, celebrates the region’s rich heritage, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 18, with three stages of live music and entertainment, street vendors, sidewalk sale, historic reenactments, a miner’s encampment, gold panning, children’s activities and a variety of food and beverage including wine and beer. Entry is free of charge and a free shuttle service is offered from Bret Harte High School and the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

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3 weeks ago
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Wine Country Cat Club presents, "The Big Crush” cat show featuring 125 cats of all breeds, including beautiful household pets and cats to adopt. The show will be the weekend of Oct. 25 and 26, at the Evelynn Bishop Hall, located in Howard Park, at 600 S. Church Street/Highway 124, in Ione.

Saturday show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children, and $15 for families. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode....

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3 weeks ago
Executive Chef Darius Somary. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Swiss-born Executive Chef Darius Somary is creating a sumptuous Oktoberfest menu that will be added to the farm-fresh menu at The Sutter Restaurant located in the Hotel Sutter.

Chef Darius, known for his country-fine dining, has added his German specialties — some of them traditional, while some are more California-style — to the October menu. If you’re in the mood for traditional or exquisite German fare, don’t despair. The Sutter Restaurant will be showcasing this expanded menu all month long. Enjoy specials on German libations,...

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3 weeks ago
On Friday nights, Amador City starts hopping. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

See What Happens In California’s Smallest Incorporated Town After Dark

Things are getting lively in Amador City. Friday evenings are buzzing in the smallest incorporated town in California.

Buffalo Chips restaurant has been family-owned for more than 30 years, and on Friday nights, owner Ashley Putz serves up great hamburgers made from freshly-ground Swingles beef and a distinctive flair, with accompaniments such as blue cheese and bacon, balsamic red onions, or a Ruben with sauerkraut, pastrami and homemade thousand island. ...

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3 weeks ago
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Check out the Big Crush specials at local vineyards

Join the Amador Vintners at the Big Crush harvest festival this weekend and enjoy the sights, scenes and sounds that chronicle this season’s crush.

While wines are fermenting away, glasses will be raised to an outstanding Amador harvest and to all the hands and hearts that helped.

Tickets will be sold at the door of participating vineyards and tasting rooms on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend tickets are $45, or $35 for Sunday only. Designated Driver tickets are $15. All...

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3 weeks ago
The Arc Players will dazzle guests with their dinner show. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras presents a fabulous fundraising party on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 10 p.m. Fiesta Viva el Arc, at St. Katharine Drexel’s Parish Center, in Jackson, featuring the sizzling sounds of Cantamos and The Arc Players.

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is a nonprofit organization that has been providing support and services to adults with developmental disabilities in Amador and Calaveras counties since 1971. It is our mission to ensure long-term availability of services and to advocate for the development...

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3 weeks ago
The Trailerettes took a Coloma campout in 2012. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Vintage Trailers/Glamper Tours are coming Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Gold Country Campground Resort, located at 13026 Tabeaud Road, in Pine Grove. This is a fun and interesting event that doubles as a fundraiser for Operation Care, and is open to the public.

The Trailerettes Women’s Vintage Trailer Camping Group is a group of ladies who have been camping together since 2010, in the Northern California area. Their open house will spotlight a collection of more than 30 vintage travel trailers, shown by their owners....

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4 weeks ago
Each guest may select from a vast assortment of empty bowls to take home. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Got soup? We know where you can get five different varieties. Come to Empty Bowls, the seventh annual hot soup fundraiser for the Interfaith Food Bank, on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Empty Bowls 2014 is designed to draw awareness to the fact that, at times, in many households, there is not enough food. Along with a bowl of soup, enjoy warm, freshly baked bread with butter, cookies for dessert, and your choice of coffee, tea or bottled water, served by kids from FFA and Junior Grange.

Each guest will also have the...

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09/21/2014 5:08 PM
Gregg Rolie will perform at Helwig Winery. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gregg Rolie, best known for his vocals and keyboard work with legendary music groups Santana and Journey, will be performing with his band at the Helwig Winery next weekend. The Gregg Rolie Band will perform electrifying versions of several Santana classics such as “Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Soul Sacrifice,” “Jingo” and “No One To Depend On,” as well as tracks from Rolie’s previous effort, “Roots” and new songs.

The Gregg Rolie Band consists of Adrian Areas (son of original Santana...

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09/21/2014 4:50 PM
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A high octane, premium-fueled performance greeted a packed outdoor venue of eager music fans at the Jackson Rancheria Sept. 13. as Champagne, Illinois-based classic rock band REO Speedwagon took the stage just after 8 p.m. and tore the house down.

Iconic lead singer Kevin Cronin, who has fronted the band since 1972 and sings all of their major 70s and 80s hits, was a bubbly, grinning, guitar-playing dervish, despite having an injury that caused him to need to use crutches to get to a stool at center stage.

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09/21/2014 4:27 PM
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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will be hosting its second Sierra Foothill Harvest Brew-Fest on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Grand Oak Ballroom.

Craft Beer lovers and aficionados are invited to enjoy the Sierra Foothill Harvest Brew-Fest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This festival features craft breweries from the Sierra foothills and the surrounding areas including 21st Amendment Brewery, Hangar 24 Craft Brewing, Drake’s Brewing, Dust Bowl Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing,...

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09/21/2014 4:17 PM
Old Barn by a Pond - Ann Marie Fielding

Local Amador County residents Ann Marie Fielding and Bill Porteous are Sutter Creek’s Gallery 10 featured artists for October.

Anne Marie Fielding was born in Switzerland to a family of artists including painters, sculptors and musicians. For 30 years, she lived in Australia, where she pursued oil and watercolor painting and was a successful exhibitor. In her evolution as an artist, she became drawn to sculpture, particularly bronze casting. Upon marrying artist William F. Porteous, both a painter and bronze sculptor, she was able...

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09/21/2014 3:58 PM
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Roaring Camp: Don’t miss out on Roaring Camp’s Saturday Night Guided Gold Mine & Gold Panning tour with NY Steak Barbecue. Live music with Lovin Country, Ridge Riders, Wicked Sisters and Crystal Image. Every Saturday Night. Call for more information at 296-4100.

September 20 & 21

Artists Open Studio Tour: The Amador Artists Open Studios tour will be held September 20 and 21 in numerous locations throughout the county. New this year, we are encouraging visitors to drop off art supplies at Rollingwood Clubhouse on tour days...

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09/21/2014 1:36 PM
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Togo’s Eateries, Inc., a “West Coast Original” since 1971, announced today it has signed development agreements with new and existing franchisees to expand its footprint in several California markets, including Woodland, Jackson and the Central Valley and East Bay areas. Togo’s currently has 240 restaurants across the state.

Ranjeet Singh and Gurdev Teer, a current franchise group with one location, will develop five restaurants in the Central Valley and East Bay areas, with the first location slated to open in early 2015 in the...

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09/20/2014 4:09 PM

Just Like Amador County Wine — It Gets Better Every Year

The 17th Annual Winefest, in Sutter Creek — the popular walk-about wine-tasting event sponsored by AmadorArts — is just around the corner. On Saturday Nov. 8, stroll historic Main Street while tasting a vast selection of Amador County Wines in Sutter Creek’s shops.

Guests can check in to pick up their wine glass, wristband and tasting map at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, starting at 4 p.m. Take a look at the silent auctions, one for art, for wine and a table of premier...

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