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5 days ago
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Join Tanis Vineyards Winery any weekend in March or April for their Propagation Celebration. What are they propagating? Spring vine shoots from their land to yours, along with gratitude, kindness, acceptance and joy!

Stop by their tasting room for wine tasting any Friday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. during March or April, and be a part of the experience of taking a little piece of Tanis Vineyards home with you to plant. This year’s vine shoots are a mystery bunch. What might you find when these gifts come to...

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Thomi’s is hosting a benefit for the HUB Youth and Community Center on Friday, March 6. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Disaptch
Stan Lukowicz and Frank Manzano are hosting a sit-down dinner at Thomi’s Banquet Hall on Friday, March 6 to benefit The Hub Youth and Community Center in Jackson, which is operated by the Amador County Recreation Agency. This fundraiser supports year-round youth programs such as the After School Program, Summer Day Camp, A Children’s Christmas, Children’s Theater Workshop, Hub Arts and Saturdays at the Hub. Other funding needs include computers, computer software and workstations, the development of a teen center and the construction... [Read more]
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6 days ago
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The 6th annual popular fundraising Tiger Fest Dinner will be held Saturday April 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, in Calaveras County, about 16 miles east of San Andreas. Each year, a different theme is followed for the homemade food, decorations and entertainment.

Where is the international flavor theme taking guests this time? “South of the Border” with a menu of pork fajitas, grass-fed beef chili, beans, rice, chips, salsa and all accompaniments, plus dessert made Churro-style with...

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6 days ago
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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes blues and rock icons Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer to the Grand Oak Ballroom stage on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

A child prodigy, Winter’s music encompasses multiple genres including rock, jazz, blues and pop. His 1970 album debut, “Entrance,” demonstrated his unique ability to cross genre lines. With more than 20 albums and numerous collaborations, some of Winter’s hit singles include “Tobacco Road,” “Frankenstein,” “Show Your Love” and “Turn On Your Love Light.” He can also be heard on...

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Open Mic Night tonight in Sutter Creek. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

February 27

Family-Style Open Mic Night: Families, kids, adults and teens, come out Friday — that’s tonight — and show off your talent at Family Friendly Open Mic: Share Your Talent Show, from 7 to 9 p.m. Whether you sing, dance, play an instrument, perform a dramatic scene, tell a story, tell a joke, show your art or ? Come early to sign up for your spot and share your talent. Make a full night of it, if you’d like, by arriving at 6 p.m., for a potluck supper. Bring a favorite food dish to share. It’s a great way for families to...

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2 weeks ago
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The Amador Vintners Association endears thousands every year by offering special regional events, each celebrating the fine wines produced in Amador County by the 42 member wineries. On March 6, 7 & 8, Amador’s best wineries are opening their cellar doors especially for you! Experience what the Wine Spectator calls “a desirable destination for wine lovers.”

Unique focus at Behind the Cellar Door is the educational aspect. Seminars like: “Test Your Nose Challenge” at Amador Foothill Winery; “Oak Effects” at Le Mulet Rouge; “The Art...

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2 weeks ago
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Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines, in Amador City. His first show at Feist, in January, sold out two weeks ahead of time and the at-capacity tasting room was filled with soulful Americana music.

Watson is on tour promoting his first solo album, “Folk Singer, Volume 1.” At the recent concert at Feist, Watson told the crowd, “Everyone needs more banjo. It’s banjo therapy.”

Watson quit high school in 1997 to pursue his music career. He is a folksinger, instrumentalist...

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2 weeks ago
PBA Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

February 20 - 22

2015 PBA Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship: For the 12th consecutive year, professional bowlers from all around the Western United States will compete in Sutter Creek for an estimated $2,500 first place prize in the PBA Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship, at Gold Country Lanes. The tournament is part of the Professional Bowlers Association Western Regional Tour. More than 70 professionals will begin competition at 8 a.m., Saturday morning. By Sunday, the field will be cut to16 final round...

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3 weeks ago
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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3 weeks ago
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Fridays

Laugh Out Loud! How about tuning in this Friday to TSPN TV, at 8:30 a.m., for “LOL! Laugh Out Loud with Ed Tracey!” Tracey, manager of the Volcano Union Inn, is also a former stand-up comedian and entertainer who has appeared on such shows as, “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and has opened for comedians Sinbad, DL Hughley, Andrew Dice Clay and others. “Laugh Out Loud with Ed Tracey!” is a comedy and variety show with a different co-host each week. The show is one hour long each Friday in front of a live audience. If you wish...

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4 weeks ago
Helwig Winery’s barrel storage tunnel located in the cave. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador wineries are opening their cellar doors the first full weekend in March for Behind the Cellar Door, on Saturday and Sunday March 7 and 8. Your Amador wine experience will include unique food and wine pairings, a variety of musical talent, and educational seminars and demonstrations. Whether you choose a relaxing fireside respite with a chilled glass of white, enjoy a little jazz with a sultry Syrah or learn the blending techniques from a local winemaker, we know you will thoroughly enjoy yourselves.

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4 weeks ago
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Fridays

Laugh Out Loud! Listen every Friday morning to TSPN TV, at 8:30 a.m., for “LOL! Laugh Out Loud with Ed Tracey!” Tracey, manager of the Volcano Union Inn, is also a former stand-up comedian and entertainer who has appeared on such shows as, “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and has opened for comedians Sinbad, DL Hughley, Andrew Dice Clay and others. “Laugh Out Loud with Ed Tracey!” is a comedy and variety show with a different co-host each week. The show is one hour long each Friday in front of a live audience. If you wish to be...

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4 weeks ago
Delicious chicken noodle soup. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As the winter winds make our bodies shiver, it’s nice to wrap our cold hands around a steaming bowl of hot soup. You can pop the top off of a commercial can of soup and amuse yourself trying to pronounce all of the ingredients. Or you can pop the lid off of a jar of home canned soup, confident that you don’t need internet access to understand what the ingredients are.

Join us for the UCCE Master Food Preservers’ Sizzling Soups class on Feb. 7, between 10 a.m. and noon at the Calaveras Senior Center at 956 Mountain Ranch Road,...

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01/29/2015 9:10 AM
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It’s Mardi Gras time again, including masks, beads, costumes and fun! Time to get crazy and have fun for a good cause. Sample great Cajun food, dance to the live Cajun music of Over The Edge, play blackjack, have your fortune told and more. Come in costume to make things more festive. Even be in the Costume Contest to win some prizes.

On Saturday evening, Feb. 7, the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation will host the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook-Off, sponsored by Manassero Insurance. When Mardi Gras hits town, be...

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01/29/2015 9:09 AM
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The Amador County Ducks Unlimited committee will host its annual dinner and auction at Evalynn Bishop Hall, in Ione, on Feb. 21, at 5 p.m.

“Once again, we are asking the people of Amador County to come out and support Ducks Unlimited by attending our annual dinner/auction. Everyone is welcome at the banquet, which will feature a live auction, silent auction and raffles of wildlife art, firearms and sporting accessories, as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Once again, the Native Sons, Ione Parlor, will be...

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01/29/2015 9:07 AM
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Twice-baked potatoes often take an unhealthy turn. Brimming with butter and sour cream, they’re loaded, all right, and not in a good (healthy) way. Our new spins on stuffed spuds bring fresh new flavors, and not too much fat. Handy for football fans to eat while on the couch, these potatoes deliver both satisfying flavor and a great source of energy and nutrition.

For each recipe: Preheat oven

to 425°F. Wash 2 large russet

potatoes and pat dry. Rub skins with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Prick with a fork in...

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01/23/2015 10:19 AM
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A Tailgate Party on Saturday, a Parlay Card with a guaranteed $5,000 prize and the marquee matchup of the Seahawks vs. the Patriots on Sunday will highlight a Super Weekend on January 31 and February 1 at the Carson Valley Inn located on Highway 395 in Minden.

The Saturday Tailgate Party in TJ's Corral runs from 1 to 4 p.m. with food and drink specials, a chance to mingle with a number of former NFL players, drawings and free live entertainment with The Blues Monsters. Burgers, cheeseburgers and chili bowls will be for sale,...

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01/23/2015 10:10 AM
A family-owned business for three generations. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company recently announced that they have signed with Stanislaus Distributing Company to bring their sustainably handcrafted products to enthusiasts of craft beer in the California counties of Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Amador, Calaveras and Alpine (Bear Valley only), as well as the city of Galt in Sacramento County.

From their founding in 2001 until 2013, Devil’s Canyon self-distributed their products in the San Francisco Bay Area, introducing a generation of people to their...

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01/23/2015 10:25 AM
Hosted by Plymouth Elementary School. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

January 24

Surf & Turf Feed: Plymouth Elementary School is hosting its 11th Annual Pep Club Surf & Turf Feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 6 p.m., with a no-host bar. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., featuring cracked crab, grilled tri-tip, pasta, salad, anti-pasta platter and garlic bread. Desserts will be available for purchase, the proceeds of which support 2015 Science Camp. Support Plymouth Elementary School by participating in the raffle and auction. To donate a raffle prize, call Tracy Dehn, at (209) 607-1705. The fun...

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01/16/2015 10:52 AM
“Easy Rider” will be showing at the Jackson Rancheria on January 30. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Dinner and a Movie Series returns to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom in a spectacular three-month installment.

Dinner and a Movie begins on Jan. 30, with the feature film, “Easy Rider.” Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star as bikers who travel across the United States in search of America. The Feb. 27 installment features 1980s hit, “The Breakfast Club,” where five high school students from different cliques spend a day in detention together. The critically acclaimed sports drama, “Hoosiers,” featuring...

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