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Studio tour showcases a diverse palette

What: 2015 Spring Art Studio Tour Who: El Dorado Hills Arts Association Where: Studios and galleries in El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park and Folsom When: Saturday and Sunday. May 30 and 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: No charge Information: or 408-429-4832 Two local artists, one of whom expresses the beauty of life through her wonderful photos, the […]

Barn Hunt: Dogs dig this hay day

No rats were harmed in the running of this competition. They may have been a little terrier-ized, but the four rats that were placed inside a hard plastic cylinder and hidden in the hay so dogs could sniff them out are just fine, according to their owner and “Barn Hunt” organizer Ann McQuillen. McQuillen has […]

Scout Jacob Lacy helps spirits soar at Eskaton Lodge

To get his eagle wings, Jacob Lacy of Cameron Park decided to help make older folks’ spirits soar by adding color to a local assisted living facility, building raised planter boxes that are accessible to all. “Originally I had not planned on making raised planter beds, but when I talked to the director at the […]

Contestants invited to run for Miss Pollock Pines

Young ladies who grow up strong and lovely as the trees they call home might want to think about running for Miss Pollock Pines, a title being dusted off and held up proudly by the community. Two local women, Kim Sophia and Joyce Harris, got together recently to discuss the upcoming Fourth of July Parade […]

Maria Adams runs with a purpose

Maria Adams is going to pull her shirt over her head, tie her shoes good and tight and take off on an arduous run next fall in memory of her dad, a Marine who died just over a year ago at the age of 52. “The Marine Corps Marathon for me isn’t just a race, […]

Parrots rule the roost at chef’s home

For the past 28 years a bright red-and-blue macaw named Chef Louie has been biting John Sanders on the arm, and it hurts. “I know he loves me,” said Sanders, showing the latest angry mark on his inner forearm. “I tell myself that every time he bites me.” The owner of Old Town Grill in […]

Tunnels, twists and jumps as kids, dogs tackle 4-H agility

On a fresh afternoon right after it rained, inside a covered arena just outside Pleasant Valley there’s a bunch of energetic kids, equally enthused dogs and grinning parents. This must be the place — this is where they’re having what has to be one of the most lively and enjoyable 4-H activities there is. Dog […]

Innovations make Dr. Rahimi’s dentistry top notch

Don’t be afraid of the dentist. If Dr. Ike Rahimi’s self-described “baby face” and easy manner don’t put you at your ease, then perhaps all the other innovations the dentist and his staff have done for their patients might work. “We’ve ramped up our customer care, with more individualized attention,” said Dr. Rahimi. “For example, […]

Pageant participants win more than titles

Hey, young ladies — why not toss your tiara onto the stage and try out to become the next Miss El Dorado County? It’s not just about physical beauty anymore — there are rewards brighter than the crowns that grace the winners’ heads. Alora Martin is only 19 years old, yet this is the second […]

Folsom: Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail has it all

It seems only fitting that the 19th century explorer Jedediah Strong Smith was 32 when he died and that the gorgeous biking and hiking trail that follows the historical path he blazed along the American River is exactly 32 miles long. Serendipitous, perhaps, but it’s one of the fun facts to ponder as you traverse […]

Folsom: Discover a powerful story

A technological marvel such as the world had never seen in 1895 came to Folsom and today lies almost unnoticed down a small hill near the sleepy Lake Natoma on the American River. The Folsom Powerhouse is a historical treasure that waits to be discovered by those who will appreciate its story. Thousands of electrical […]

Folsom: Folsom LIVE has music for everyone

When Folsom LIVE began in 2004 the lively musical event quickly outgrew its infancy to the point that just one motto wouldn’t do. “We used ‘Sutter Street Rocks,’ along with ‘Folsom’s Favorite Night Out,’ and they both fit well, so over the years they both have applied,” said Mary Ann McAlea, director of tourism for […]

Brendon Sauer is going to West Point

One would think that when Brendon Sauer dressed as an Army guy for Halloween at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis a few years back — and didn’t get nearly as much candy as his sister in her Navy costume — he would have gotten a clue. But no, Brendon stuck with his dream of […]

Judy Tapson

Judy Tapson wasn’t really a girlie-girl growing up, preferring riding horses to playing dress-up with her friends. But she’s willing to put on frilly dresses and even wear a bustle in vying to become El Dorado Rose for 2015. “I just think it’s time to give back to the community,” said the 72-year-old woman who […]

Bonnie Roberston

Once a week for the past 17 years Bonnie Robertson of Placerville has gone to the El Dorado County Jail to help women there learn to read. Seventeen years. Public service is one criterion for an El Dorado Rose and Robertson appears to have that one covered. Robertson, 69, is one of three local women […]

Slow Ride to honor military veterans and soldiers serving

Thwarted last year by the massive King Fire in Pollock Pines that caused a cancellation of the Slow Ride for Veterans and Wounded Warriors, the event’s organizers are raring to go once again on Saturday, May 16. Steven Poindexter, 62, of Pollock Pines and others are planning to start the fourth annual slow ride in […]

Carol McLaughlin

If the judges are influenced by the sheer talent shown in the creation of the gorgeous gowns worn by candidates for El Dorado Rose, then Carol McLaughlin is sure to turn a few heads. The woman who for 10 years was costume designer for the former Theatre El Dorado, already has made four outfits for […]

Stymeists love work and giving back

It wasn’t enough to just get the dings and dents out of their friends and neighbors’ vehicles. Steven and Lori Stymeist wanted to do more. And they did, with Stymeist Collision Center contributing so much to the community that the auto body repair shop came to the attention of the El Dorado County Chamber of […]

Beyond Leadership Development is about success

You’ve got a winning team in your amazing employees, even if each has strong opinions and ideas about how to run the company. If you could just get them to focus and become cohesive in working toward a common goal, this outfit could really go far. What to do? Take a tip from the El […]

Duck’s Unlimited raises funds for wildlife

Placerville’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a group known nationwide for its efforts in preserving wildlife habitat, is celebrating its 37th annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Friday, May 8 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. A 2015 Polaris Ranger four-wheel drive boonie-crasher valued at $10,400 will go to the lucky winner […]

Gold Discovery Park goes Victorian

What: Springtime in Coloma: A 49er Extravaganza Who: Marshall Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 Cost: Most activities free, Mother’s Day brunch $20, parking fee Information: 530-344-1895 or 530-622-3470   Mother’s Day brunch, which costs $20 per person, the activities […]

Toy Tech strives for excellent customer service

When that knocking in the engine just won’t go away and you pull into the parking lot at the unassuming off-white metal building on Locust Street in Placerville, relax. You’re in good hands at The Toy Tech. Others obviously agree that the business that opened not even three years ago is fast building a solid […]

Urban Yogurt is a sweet success

They might call themselves “a couple of retired grandmas,” but there is nothing shy or retiring about the way Kathy Pastula and Nora Lehman have jumped in with four feet to open a frozen yogurt store in Shingle Springs. Urban Yogurt has quickly gained in popularity, becoming the cream of the shops in a corner […]

Placerville Wienerschnitzel owner is a top dog

When he became the janitor at a hot dog restaurant in San Jose 40 years ago, Farouk Diab didn’t think for a second that he would still be working for Wienerschnitzel four decades later. But he took to the store like mustard to a hot dog and now owns 18 of the distinctive yellow, red […]

Crafting a perfect gift for Mom

OK, kids, don’t try this at home. Dumping gobs of paint on the dining room table is not allowed, nor is slinging the paint wildly about the living room — but you can do both and not get into trouble at the Craft Castle in Cameron Park. In fact, Mom might even say, “Thanks.” Kids […]

Help is available

A voice could be heard in the background as the woman spoke, her phone message urgent: “I’m really desperate. I just need help.” That one haunts the staff at El Dorado County Senior Peer Counseling because the caller never left a name or phone number so they could try to reach out and offer that […]

Folsom: Nimbus Fish Hatchery — a watery kingdom of wildlife

The speed limit on Highway 50 above the Nimbus Dam is 65 mph, so of course everyone’s zipping along at 80 — but just to the north of the freeway there’s a drama under the river where the traffic is every bit as daring in its own dance of life and death. There’s arguably more […]

‘Disney’s High School Musical’ teaches life lessons

What: “Disney’s High School Musical” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: May 1-17 Cost: $14.75 to $36 Information:   If you’ve always thought that the only thing wrong with “Romeo & Juliet” was that the star-crossed lovers died at the end of Shakespeare’s classic, then the play being […]

‘As You like It’ gets updated

What: “As You Like It” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Where: Carl Borelli Amphitheater, 651 Canal St., Placerville When: April 30 to May 16, gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Information: You have to wonder what old Will would think of the hot-pink shiny boots hugging the legs of some of the […]

Mental health issues take center stage

If you are alive on this planet, you are struggling with mental health issues, according to three women instrumental in an upcoming Mental Health Awareness Weekend set for May 2 and 3 at Green Valley Church in Placerville. The following Monday, May 4, a half-day mental health workshop will be presented at the church, furthering […]

Small steps are making a big difference

One step at a time, one day at a time — and 11 months later Brian Smith has shed 206 pounds — and is still counting. The steps the young man has taken have brought him a long way from the day he remembers feeling so sick he could barely move his 600-plus pound body […]

Volunteers love their job

Dick Lawson thought it was “safe” for his wife to volunteer for a horse rescue group because the big-hearted Sue wouldn’t be able to bring them home with her. Guess again, Dick. Sue now has a favorite horse at the sprawling and lovely All About Equine horse rescue ranch in El Dorado Hills and she’s […]

Practice makes perfect

Foothills Dance Studio in Shingle Springs has been growing by leaps and bounds … and kicks and spins and pirouettes … as the dancers continue to garner awards and win contests, competing with big-city competition and consistently being named the top troupe. All the accolades are astounding, not only for the dance teams’ impressive accomplishments, […]

Essay winner has a passion for life

What: Annual awards luncheon Who: El Dorado Democrats Where: El Dorado County Office of Education, Room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, April 25 at noon Cost: $17 Information: 530-621-0409   It’s time to turn the tables and cheer for Riley Wilson. The 17-year-old cheerleader for Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley just won first place […]

For the fun of writing

What: Authors’ Day Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: The clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville When: Sunday, April 26, noon Cost: $10 Information: 530-626-8868 or 530-622-8501   If you’ve ever wondered about the little town of Rescue and its surroundings or if you’ve ever pondered why your neighbor’s garden is so lush while yours seems to […]

Help is available for those needing energy assistance

A young Garden Valley family of four and a 90-year-old World War II veteran are equally grateful for an El Dorado County program that helps them survive by defraying the cost of their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, this year is trying to reach more residents to offer a helping […]

Zombies walk at Edwin Markham School

What: “Alice in Zombieland” Who: Edwin Markham School drama students Where: Edwin Markham School, 2800 Moulton Drive, Placerville When: Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-622-0403   If your kids are coming home from school lately and saying strange things like, “I need some zombie clothes,” or “Someday you’ll grow up to be a real witch,” or […]

Girl goes all out for abandoned dogs

A tiny dancer with a huge heart for animals is taking time from her busy days to put on a luncheon fundraiser to benefit rescue dogs, one of which jumps on three legs around the family home in El Dorado Hills. Alysa Clay, a 15-year-old sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, spends 20 hours a […]

Ante up for a good time

What: Hangtown Hold ‘em poker tournament Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc., 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, April 11, registration at 3 p.m., gaming at 4 p.m. Cost: $60 buy in Information: 530-621-5885   Hey poker players: Think you can whip the guy who announces the World Series of […]

Woodhead works wonders with wood

In the decades he has sold beautiful hardwoods, Jim Von Tellrop Jr. has been gratified to know that the gorgeous grains are going into aesthetically pleasing existences, becoming a picture frame or the interior walls of a five-star luxury hotel. But another, more esoteric structure he has helped build from the ground up is more […]

Scouts stitch together a good deed

Drunk driving is a terrible thing, even when you’re just steering a piece of cloth beneath a thrumming needle. Nice ladies from a local quilting group have been happy to show 9- and 10-year-old girls how to prevent “drunk driving” at the controls of sewing machines, as the Girl Scouts recently were earning merit badges […]

Smooth future at Honey Hills

When Mary Ann Hickerson and Blake Lawton decided to raise milk goats, there was just one little problem: Neither one of them knew how to milk a goat. “Honey was so gracious with us,” said Hickerson, recalling how the patient female goat put up with the pair’s first attempts to coax the creamy milk from […]

‘Crazy for You’ delivers in a big way

What: “Crazy for You” Who: Ponderosa High School Where: Ponderosa High School Little Theatre, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs When: April 9-11 and 16-18 Cost: Tickets are $12 general and $10 with a student body card Information: Call 530-677-2281   Shhh … the librarian is hard at work … helping the kids to make some noise! Former […]

Haute cuisine comes home

It’s not that she’s a great cook — which she is — or that she’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet — and she is — or that she goes out of her way to make sure her clients are happy — which she does. But put it all together and you’ve got […]

Hilarity is nonstop in ‘Spamalot’

What: “Spamalot” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: March 27 through April 26, times vary Cost: Tickets $12 to $15 Information: or 530-642-0404 For its 50th production as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty […]

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