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News Release

Independence Day racing is ‘Spectacular’

DeCaires, Stone, Murphy fend off on-track fireworks to score July Fourth victories Saturday night saw a sold-out grandstand with one of the largest crowds in several years for the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. This annual night of racing lived up to its name this year with one of the best racing surfaces the holiday […]

Bottle your own wine and celebrate

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is hosting a special Fourth of July celebration where guests will learn about the winemaking process and actively bottle their own wines — from filling to corking and labeling the finished product. Bottle Your Own Wine Weekend will take place at the winery Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6 from […]

Speedway: July Fourth Spectacular to provide exciting races

On Saturday night, the 50th anniversary of the July Fourth Spectacular at Placerville Speedway is going to be a night of continued great tradition and celebration with the thrill of local championship auto racing and the spectacle of a giant pyrotechnic display. The grandstands at Placerville Speedway is the place to be to enjoy El Dorado County’s […]

Gregg drives to 20th career victory

For the first half of the 50th anniversary Red Hawk Casino championship season, Placerville’s Andy Gregg had his 20th career win on his racing bucket list that he picked up Saturday night in the Placerville Posse Challenge at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. After he suffered his share of shortfalls week […]

Helm has strong finish at Australian Ironman

Daniel Helm Editor’s note: Former Dry Diggins Dolphins’ swim coach Daniel Helm, a 1982 El Dorado High graduate, returned to compete in his first Ironman event in 10 years in the country where he entered his very first triathlon. The following, in his words, is a first-hand account of what he experienced. This is part […]

Racing back on track tomorrow

With the break for the El Dorado County Fair now in the history books, Placerville Speedway roars back into action tomorrow night with a big night of racing. Not only is it a battle for the season titles, it’s a ‘duel’ night of competition as the event is also the second leg of the high […]

Star-studded lineup back at Edgewood

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (Calif./Nev.) – Multi-talented actor and musical artist Justin Timberlake is the latest superstar athlete/entertainer slated to participate in next month’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe. The 26th annual American Century Championship is set for July 17-19. The 54-hole event, televised nationally by […]

Foothill Ammo supports veterans

Foothill Ammo owner Chris Puehse invites county residents to his Cameron Park business to enjoy music and barbecued hot dogs and show support to veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Joining the celebration will be the El Dorado County Committee for the State of Jefferson, which will provide hot dogs, chips […]

Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials to appear in Winters

Alligator recording artists Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, touring in support of its latest Alligator CD, “Jump Start,” will perform at the Palms Playhouse in Winters on Wednesday, June 24. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil’ Ed Williams and his rip-roaring Blues Imperials — bassist James […]

Local educator grading AP exams

NEW YORK — Terry Patten Armbrust of Placerville was recently selected for the fourth year to participate in the College Board’s annual AP reading in psychology. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the 2015 […]

Del Paso CC hosts 36th US Senior Open

SACRAMENTO — Del Paso Country Club is the site for this week’s 36th US Senior Open, starting today through June 28. The week begins with practice rounds today, tomorrow and Wednesday, offering spectators the opportunity to watch the world’s best senior golfers practice their skills. Upon entering the main gate, spectators are encouraged to review […]

Placerville Senior Center spruced up

The El Dorado County Senior Center in Placerville recently completed a series of much-needed improvements to its facility to enhance functionality and create a more comfortable and inviting environment. According to Star Walker, program coordinator for El Dorado County Senior Services, the improvements were made possible due to the generosity of a community member who […]

Boys of Summer to play EDH

Coming off a highly successful 2014 that saw the band tour throughout the country and perform at numerous major venues, top Southern California-based Eagles tribute The Boys Of Summer, will play in the Steven Young Amphitheater, 4363 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, on Thursday, June 25. The appearance is part of the band’s Summer […]

Sierra Nevada World Music brings a message of peace

The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, June 19-21, promotes “conscious” music with a message of peace, unity and brotherhood, which transcends the divisions of race and culture. At the festival, people experience a unique sense of unity and belonging, a semi-utopian moment in time where love, generosity, joy and innocence can be reclaimed. Children 12 […]

E.A. Channon featured at Wizard World

When the doors open at Wizard World Comic Convention in Sacramento, fans will flock to get one-on-one question and answer time, autographs or even a selfie with fantasy writer E.A. Channon. Known for his detailed story lines combining elves, dwarves and humans, Channon has built up a large fan following for his “Flesh of the Blood.” […]

Financial assistance to replant red blotch-affected grapevines available

The California State Farm Service Agency  has approved Grapevine Red Blotch-associated Virus (GRBaV) as an eligible plant disease for financial assistance through the 2014 Farm Bill, Tree Assistance Program. Grapevine red blotch-associated virus can cause a significant reduction in sugar accumulation in the fruit. The symptoms start appearing in late summer as irregular red blotches […]

McClintock holding Placerville Town Hall

Congressman Tom McClintock will host a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Kirkwood to open on weekends on July 3

Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from July 3 through Sept. 6, with lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as DiscWood, Kirkwood’s own disc golf course. In the Village Plaza, Kirkwood will host the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue on July 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., as well […]

See California’s gold mining history

Collectors of mining artifacts or those simply interested in California’s gold mining history can visit the Western Mining Antique Show in the historic town of Sutter Creek. Mining artifact collectors from throughout the country will gather to show and sell artifacts from California’s rich gold-mining era. Scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at the Sutter Creek […]

River workshop

Come join El Dorado County Parks, the American River Conservancy and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park docents on Friday, June 19 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., for a special tour of the South Fork American River in Coloma at the South Fork of the American River workshop. Staff and docents will lead participants on an […]

Daring pass steals it for DeCaires

In the world of motor sports, racing enthusiasts and competitors alike often rate an event’s entertainment value by the number of entrants, focusing on “car count” more so than the quality of competition. Saturday night, a light car count gave race fans who endured the extreme heat one of the most exciting races of the […]

EDUHSD Virtual Academy class of 2015

The El Dorado Union High School District Virtual Academy Class of 2015 graduating seniors are: Sabrina Taj Andrus Gabriella Reina Arrostuto Lauren Elizabeth Baasch Nathaniel Arlen Lee Baleme Aaron Jacob Bernal Ashley Lynn Bolger Jacob Daniel Bourgeois Angela Denise Brown Julia Hope Careway Emily Alexandra Catron Patrick Alan Harold Fairbairn Nicholas Alexander Hearl Wayde Thomas […]

Independence HS announces graduates

The following students graduated from Independence High School on May 29, 2015: Michael James Beebe Cody Russell Bell John Esley Bright Andre Joseph Buchanan Harris Matthew Joseph Budd Robert Scott Charles Burkhart Jackson Phillip Campbell Christian Martin Campos Esparza Juan Rodriguez Canales Dylan Bradley Casarez Morgan Laurel Cedar Chapman Selena Linda Lillian Chase Haleigh Marion […]

SLT launches PACE program to help homeowners conserve

The city of South Lake Tahoe announced in April that it will launch the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years. […]

Final pre-fair fix for race fans

The action resumes tomorrow at Placerville Speedway with 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series racing. Three divisions form the evening roster once again at the quarter-mile bullring for the final night of racing prior to the week break to allow for the El Dorado County Fair. Saturday’s event features the 360 Winged Sprint Cars and […]

Teens get a chance to fly

On May 3, 10 Civil Air Patrol cadets, ages 12 to 18, received a unique view of El Dorado County as they took to the skies from Placerville Airport in one of two Civil Air Patrol Cessna aircraft. Once in the air, certificated pilots allowed the cadets to fly the planes and perform basic flight […]

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival adds performer

The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is very excited to announce that Jah Messenjah Luciano has been added to perform at the 22nd annual summer solstice and world peace gathering taking place June 19-21, at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville. With the release of his landmark CD “Where There Is Life” in 1995, […]

Gold Bug Park subject of PBS NOVA program

Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine was the location for a day of filming in April for a new PBS educational series called “Treasures of the Earth.” The three-part NOVA program is being produced for WGBH in Boston by London based Pioneer Productions. Deep inside the narrow mine shaft, the cameras captured geochemist and Stanford […]

Shasta Millhollin lands Jessup job

Former Bruin takes over women’s volleyball program ROCKLIN – William Jessup University has announced that Shasta Millhollin-Bossom will be its new women’s volleyball coach. Millhollin-Bossom brings a great balance of coaching and playing experience to the Warriors. She possesses a rich coaching history with some of the most elite high school, club and college teams […]

Cox gets long-awaited Placerville win

As a youngster, Justyn Cox spent many Saturday night’s in the grandstands at Placerville Speedway watching his father Terry race and a number of veteran drivers that were his heroes. During those years, Cox desired to follow in their footsteps and one day stand in victory lane at the track that is tough to tame […]

Point racing resumes tomorrow

Tomorrow night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series returning with three divisions  expected to pack the evening roster as the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds continues one of it’s most lucrative and competitive seasons. Saturday’s event will feature the 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited […]

House concert features Pat Donohue

Pat Donohue will be appearing at a house concert in Shingle Springs on Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. with an added show at 7:30 p.m. Grammy-winning fingerpicker Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis and Muddy Waters. A versatile […]

Eskaton Mother’s Day tea party creates bonds

A cup of tea and a double helping of delightful company was all it took to bring residents and their families together to celebrate Mother’s Day at Eskaton Lodge Cameron Park. “Our patio was packed and everyone was all smiles,” said Carly Amatisto, activity director of the Northern California based, nonprofit organization. There were 18 residents […]

Little Big Town kicks off tour

In cooperation with KBUL 98.1 NASH-FM and Hush Entertainment, the wildest, richest rodeo in the West just got bigger. Following the release of its sixth studio album, Pain Killer, featuring top 10 hit “Day Drinking” and fan favorite “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town kicks off its 2015 “Pain Killer Tour” in the Reno Rodeo grandstands […]

Legislation to honor SSgt. Sky Mote approved by House

H.R. 979, a bill to honor Marine SSgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, June 1. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Tom McClintock, designates a mountain peak in the John Muir Wilderness, under which the Mote family gathered to camp […]

DeCaires defends home turf

For the second consecutive year at the local track, Greg DeCaires picked up the Civil War Series win, again earning a spot in the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic after leading all 30-laps of Saturday night’s feature event at the Placerville Speedway — becoming the series’ sixth winner in six events thus far. Leading the […]

Workshop offered to overcome guilt and transform shame

Life Enriching Communication is offering a workshop, “Overcoming Guilt, Transforming Shame: The Power of Compassion” to El Dorado County. The workshop will be held at 438 Main Street, Suite D, in Placerville on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will help participants become aware of the thinking that creates guilt […]

E-waste collection to raise funds for kids

The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace the more than 20 year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence of its young swimmers. An e-waste event will take place from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 on Highway 193 just west of Auburn Lake Trail’s first gate. Large item […]

River Management Plan Update Workshop June 3

The El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office, Parks Division, will host a public workshop on the updates to the county’s River Management Plan on Wednesday, June 3 with options to attend either a 2 p.m. session or one at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Gold Trail Grange at 319 State Highway […]

Public hearing for EDHCSD appropriation limit June 11

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. to address the upcoming appropriation limit for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, a press release from the district announced. To be held at the El Dorado Hills, Community Services District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, the hearing will be […]

Workshop offers helpful tips

Life Enriching Communication (LEC) is offering a workshop, “The Power of Self-Compassion: Keys to Overcome Guilt and Shame” on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop will help participants work through guilt and shame by compassionately embracing it and transforming it. There will be a number of activities that will assist individuals in […]

Foothill Garden Tour features five stops

The Foothill Garden Club of the Mt. Aukum area is celebrating its 57th year of dedicated gardeners and community involvement by hosting another fabulous garden tour of five diversified and unique gardens nestled in the foothills. It takes place on Saturday, May 30 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nestled in the lovely Shenandoah Valley […]

Fabric sale to benefit nonprofits

The community of Foresthill is benefiting from a generous donation in an unusual way and is paying it forward. The benefactor, an avid fabric collector, decided to downsize and gift the Foresthill Friends of the Library with more than 15,000 yards of new premium cotton fabric with the understanding the fabric will be sold and […]

Safe summer pet travels

By American Veterinary Medical Association Special to the Democrat As you get ready to hit the road, it’s important to make sure your pet has everything they need to feel comfortable during the trip. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has great tips for safe pet travel, so you and your pet can kick back, […]

Show Ponies ride into Davis

On Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m., the Davis Bike Collective, 1221 4th St. in Davis, presents the Show Ponies, a west coast Indie-folk group. The Show Ponies are a high-energy quintet with bluegrass, old-time country and rock influences. The groups third release, “Run For Your Life,” which features two collaborations with Punch Brothers banjoist […]

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