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Author Archive: Press Release

Sierra Repertory Theatre turns 35

Break out the bubbly, Sierra Repertory Theater is turning 35. It’s grown and changed since the early days but one thing remains the same: a focus on quality theater. The theater started in 1979 as the dream of five friends — Dennis and Sara Jones, Doug Brennan, and Kathryn and David Kahn — who shared […]

Greenhouses: Stretch growing season

Anyone who lives in the Sierra foothills knows how challenging starting and growing a garden can be with all the obstacles they love to hate: late frost, low snow, cold soil, deer, etc. But all of these challenges can be eliminated with a greenhouse. Seeds can be started earlier than usual in a greenhouse, plants […]

Pinewood Derby rolls at Kniesel’s

Kniesel’s Collision Center, 4031 Wild Chaparral Drive in Shingle Springs, is hosting the fourth annual El Dorado District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. The El Dorado District Pinewood Derby is a Boy Scouts of America event in which Cub Scout packs from the entire El Dorado District compete in a pinewood […]

Optimism prevails at 34th Home Show

By Kathy Jurgens It is difficult to believe that another year has already passed since last year’s Home Show. As we age, it continues to boggle our minds how quickly time passes. One of the best parts about the past year is our economical lives have improved, ever so slightly for some, a little better […]

Dramatic entry greets Coleridge visitors

The Coleridge’s soaring archway makes a striking first impression. Equally appealing are the fanlight and stacks of multipaned windows clustered beneath the center gable. This midsize plan has the feel of a much larger home, especially in its central gathering spaces. Entering, you step into a wide foyer with a lofty 17-foot ceiling. Sidelights provide […]

California home sales spring higher in March

Diminishing affordability sapping market LOS ANGELES — California’s housing market ticked upward in March to reach the highest level in four months, but sales were still lower than a year ago as declining housing affordability continues to put downward pressure on the market, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Closed escrow sales of existing, […]

Nation’s existing home sales remain soft

WASHINGTON, D.C — Existing-home sales were essentially flat in March, while the growth in home prices moderated, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, slipped 0.2 percent […]

Remodeling conditions fell in March survey

DES PLAINES, ILL. — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s first-quarter 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions show current condition ratings fell significantly in March. Business conditions during the first three months of 2014 dropped to 6.07, down from 6.41 in December. There was a decline in all […]

Fifth annual Honors Dinner at the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Retired Forest Service District Ranger and longtime Diamond Springs resident Bob Smart will be honored at the April 23 meeting of the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum. The meeting is at Colina De Oro restaurant, at 694 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. Bob’s friends, family, and former co-workers are encouraged to attend. […]

HCD launches assistance program

SACRAMENTO —  Acting to implement emergency legislation to help families who face economic uncertainty because of the drought, the Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced that $21 million in funding for rental assistance will soon be available. Funding is provided through the emergency drought legislation signed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and […]

Housing market continues to show signs of improvement

WASHINGTON, D. C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the March edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard — a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among key indicators. In February, foreclosure starts continued their downward trend and, in […]

Fraud workshop scheduled

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors’ Education Committee will host a very informative program in conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office on April 25. Robert Leach, criminal investigator in the Real Estate Fraud Division, will address what the DA’s Office is encountering with respect to mortgage and real estate fraud in […]

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker ranked as the number one real estate brand in the Sacramento-Tahoe area housing market once again last year for total sales volume, according to figures from MetroList Services, Inc., the local multiple listing service. With sales volume of nearly $2.34 billion in 2013, Coldwell Banker surpassed Lyon Real Estate, Re/Max, Keller […]

Appliances buying guide

Check the yellow EnergyGuide label: This label helps you determine how much energy it takes to operate the model, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs. Think carefully about the size: While a larger model will obviously hold more clothes, it will also use more energy. On the other hand, a model […]

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El Dorado Builders’ Exchange: Building on trust for half a century

Did you know that there is an organization right here in El Dorado County that is looking out for consumers and contractors alike? If not, meet the El Dorado Builders’ Exchange. It was founded in 1959 and since that time, through all the changes and growth in this county, has stood the test of time, […]

Get decked out with color

Wondering what one of the biggest trends “on deck” is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That’s because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain. “There are practical reasons for the trend,” says HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Wilson. “First, most decks are made of pressure treated […]

Vacation home sales surge in 2013, investment property declines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2013, shows vacation-home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 last […]

U.S. a top destination for international homebuyers

LOS ANGELES — Viewing the country as a safe place to put their money, international home buyers preferred purchasing properties in the United States over other countries, according to the California Association of Realtors’ 2013 International Clients Survey. The vast majority (85 percent) of international buyers said they only considered purchasing a home in the […]

Lyon Real Estate hires new property manager

SACRAMENTO — Lyon Real Estate has hired Aleena Weiss as a full time, dedicated property manager. Weiss, a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, is a licensed realtor with more than nine years of experience as a property manager. She was previously with Realty Roundup in Elk Grove, where she managed portfolios for more than […]

Frosh Info Night at Union Mine

Union Mine High School will host the Athletic Information Night for all incoming freshmen who will be attending Union Mine for the school year 2014-15 Wednesday night, April 30, 6-7  p.m. in the East Gym. All current eighth grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek, and/or Pleasant Valley Middle Schools are encouraged to attend the night along with their […]

Senior Peer Counseling available to seniors

El Dorado County seniors 55 and older can find help from the Senior Peer Counseling office. If you are having difficulty with loneliness, grief, depression, stress, anger and/or anxiety, Senior Peer Counselors can help. Call Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado County at 530-621-6304. This service is professionally supervised, confidential and offered without charge, however […]

Foothill dining: Fun edible centerpieces

Less than 15 percent of Americans typically plan to celebrate Easter in a restaurant. This means the vast majority will dine at home. Aside from the meal must-haves (ham, eggs, spring vegetables and favorite family desserts) a beautiful table is a priority as well. Balancing busy, hectic lives with a desire to create meaningful family […]

Announcement: Interested in a military career?

Interested in a full-time career as a member of the U.S. Army? Qualified active duty soldiers can earn up to $69,000 in tuition assistance, in addition to salary and benefits. The Army Reserve also offers tuition assistance, as well as paid duty for one weekend a month and two weeks a year. Interested in seeing […]

Standard Pacific Homes unveils Villagio

Standard Pacific Homes debuted Villagio — a gated collection of homes nestled within the master-planned community of Promontory in El Dorado Hills. The community offers a hilltop setting above Folsom’s Empire Ranch Golf Club. Villagio at The Promontory showcases Standard Pacific Homes’ all-new architectural concepts through a collection of four brand new, two-story home designs […]

Luxury retirement communities under construction in Folsom, Carmichael

Oakmont Senior Living, a Santa Rosa-based developer of resort senior communities, recently broke ground on two luxury retirement communities in Folsom and Carmichael that will offer assisted living and memory care services. Construction on Oakmont of Folsom ( and Oakmont of Carmichael ( began fall 2013, and are expected to be completed this summer. The two-story […]

Pending home sales dial up again in February

LOS ANGELES — Pending home sales posted stronger than average gains in February for the second straight month, thanks to seasonal factors, but remained below the level of  a year ago, despite slight improvements in the statewide housing demand, the California Association of Realtors recently reported.. Pending home sales data • California pending home sales jumped […]

Celebrity chef to cook free dinners for the public

Chef Mark Anthony will share healthful living principles and a full meal with El Dorado County residents on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. “The live cooking shows are fun and exciting — very surprising — not your normal boring seminar.” Anthony said. “I actually cook a whole meal for everybody right in front of […]

Angela and Richard Newsome — a great Coldwell Banker team

Angela grew up in the United Kingdom. At a young age she lived in several cities in the UK as her father was a professional football (soccer) manager/coach and managed some of the top English teams such as Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland and Burnley. Angela had an interest in languages and studied French, German and Italian […]

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Wooden posts, handrails and shutters give a traditional look to the Redmond, a midsize home designed to meet the needs of a contemporary family. All on one level, this plan could easily be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. Sidelights brighten a fairly wide entry, open to the living room on the left. Another side of the […]

Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer hold early registration

Early registration  for El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer will be Tuesday, March 25 at Pizza Plus, 4615 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. The El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer organizers have partnered with Pizza Plus this season. Twenty percent of the sales that evening will be donated back to the El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer program. […]

Katchup with the Wienermobile

Cokie Reed, an Oscar Mayer Hotdogger, is driving the Wienermobile all across the country and will be stopping at stopping at the Food 4 Less, 3333 Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Sunday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by to get your photo taken the Wienermobile, play some fun activities and get a […]

Pickett receives Spirit Award

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Zach Pickett, a Ponderosa High water polo player in Shingle Springs has been selected the 2014 national recipient of the “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who […]

Generational study shows confidence in market, some challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Young home buyers remain optimistic and see their home as a good investment, while older buyers are more likely to trade down to a smaller property to match changing lifestyles, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluates the generational differences of recent home buyers […]

California home sales lose momentum in February

LOS ANGELES — California home sales fell in February, but housing inventory increased as sellers gear up for the spring home-buying season, the California Association of Realtors reported. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 361,210 units in February, according to information collected by CAR […]

Alamont a smart vacation retreat

Rustic logs, sparkling windows and crisp lines combine in the Altamont to create a striking vacation retreat. What’s more, it’s surprisingly economical to maintain. Logs are renowned for their excellent insulating qualities, as well as their durability. The metal roof, too, is noted for its long life and ease of care. At center is a […]

Dinner to introduce Oak Ridge basebell team

On March 15, the 2014 Oak Ridge High School Trojan Baseball Team will be introduced to the El Dorado Hills community. This annual Meet the Trojans Tri-Tip Barbecue Dinner will be held at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills beginning at 6 p.m. This fun and exciting […]

Rewind returns to Wine Smith

Rewind is playing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Placerville welcomes back this high energy band for a special evening of music. Rewind has been pleasing crowds in the foothills for years. This unique group of musicians is best known for its uncanny ability to take […]

Artists and authors at Flowers on Main

Flowers on Main, 318 Main St. in Placerville, will be highlighting watercolorist Teri Meyer and local author and artist Michelle Salazar Flood during Third Saturday Art Walk on March 15 from 5-9 p.m. Meyer, an artist for more than 30 years, exhibits her art locally and has received special mention at the El Dorado County […]

Tractor Supply customers add to FFA scholarships

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Co. and the National FFA Foundation recently announced the results of their second annual Growing Scholars program. From Feb. 14-23, Tractor Supply customers across the country donated $447,671, an increase of more than 20 percent from 2013 donations. This year’s donations will result in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members […]

Distressed housing market shrinks

LOS ANGELES — Vastly improved home prices over the past five years have changed the landscape of California’s distressed housing market, which is now just a fraction of what it was during the Great Recession, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. In January 2009, 69.5 percent of all homes sold in California were distressed, […]

Coldwell Banker honors top producers

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in Northern California, recently announced that 12 of its top-producing Sacramento-Tahoe area sales associates and teams have ranked in the top 1 percent of the company’s agents in Northern California for 2013 sales. Earning the coveted honor were the team of Christy Curtis, […]

Sierra to honor Olympians

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe community will honor its three USA team members in a city-wide celebration, Saturday, March 15. Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, who won gold for snowboarding slopestyle and freeskiing halfpipe, respectively, and Hannah Teter who placed fourth in snowboarding halfpipe, will be lauded at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. A procession will […]

Spring cleaning is good

Bipolar Insights Education Center is having an e-waste fundraising event on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Raley’s parking lot, 166 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Do some spring cleaning and help Bipolar Insights to continue serving El Dorado County with valuable services for those with the disorder and families. Bring e-waste including: monitors, televisions, desktop and […]

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