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California Lectures features author Kim Edwards

California Lectures presents “An Evening with Kim Edwards” on Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St. in downtown Sacramento. Edwards will be discussing her highly anticipated new novel, “The Lake of Dreams,” due for release Jan. 4, the story of a daughter confronting the deeply hidden, multigenerational secret about her […]

Peep, Chirp and Quack return for a new season of adventures

The Emmy-Award winning preschool science and math series “Peep and the Big Wide World” returns for a new season on Jan. 3, with 25 episodes never before seen on public television (check local listings). Narrated by comedian Joan Cusack, and produced by WGBH and 9 Story Entertainment in association with TVOntario and Discovery Kids, the […]

Little League issues moratorium on composite bats issue

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Little League International has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League Major division and all other baseball divisions of Little League, effective immediately. “Today’s decision of the Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee is based on scientific research data from the University of […]

Office of education to host community forum

The El Dorado County Office of Education will host an informational community forum on School District Organization on Monday, Jan. 10, in Conference Room B-2 at the Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m., with the forum taking place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This forum on School […]

National Alliance on Mental Illness opens enrollment for class

The National Alliance on Mental Illness begins enrollment for the popular “Family to Family” educational course scheduled for Jan. 19. The face of mental illness isn’t some stranger. It is co-workers, neighbors, friends, families and sometimes ourselves. One in four adults experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. One in 10 children have […]

Snowshoe season begins at the Tahoe Rim Trail

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to enjoy Lake Tahoe this winter season. Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for free guided snowshoe treks every Saturday through the end of March. These snowshoe hikes are great for all abilities (shorter hikes are appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise and socialize during […]

McClintock appointed to House Budget and Natural Resources committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, has been appointed to serve on the House Budget Committee and the Natural Resources Committee for the upcoming 112th Congress. McClintock will begin his second term on the Natural Resources Committee where he served as ranking member of the Water and Power sub-committee during the 111th Congress. […]

‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ is a spectacular family event

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” lights up the holiday season when it transforms the stage at the Community Center Theater into a wonderland of fantasy and disbelief through Jan. 2. Cirque Dreams, an American theatrical production company, brings its critically acclaimed entertainment brand for holiday performances presented by Broadway Sacramento. Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, creator […]

Jennifer Ewing is the January artists-in-residence at the de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — The de Young Museum hosts “Jennifer Ewing: Spirit Boat Directions,” Jan. 5 to 30, as part of the artist-in-residence program in the Kimball Education Gallery. Ewing is a Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco staff artist, muralist and teacher. Since 2005 she has used the theme of “Spirit Boats” as a metaphor […]

It is Elvis Week at the Carson Valley Inn

Elvis Presley would have turned 75 years old on Jan. 8, and the Carson Valley Inn is marking this milestone with a special Elvis Week celebration Jan. 3 to 8. Highlights include Elvis impersonators in the casino and Cabaret Lounge, teddy bear and Elvis memorabilia giveaways on Jan. 3, cake and champagne on Jan. 8 […]

Marc Maron to perform at Punchline

Comedy legend Marc Maron is coming to Sacramento to perform four nights at Punchline Comedy Club, 2100 Arden Way  Jan. 6-9.   Tickets are $20 to $15 and can be bought by calling 916-925-5500.  For well over 15 years, Maron been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy on stages, radio and television. He […]

Roy Rogers to rock in new year in Grass Valley

Virtuoso slide guitar player and Grammy-winning producer Roy Rogers, along with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings, will headline a dance concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley on New Year’s Eve, FRiday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. Bob Woods Trio will be opening up the show. Tickets are $25 and are available […]

Cantare Chorale to present an encore holiday concert

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is pleased to announce an encore performance of its recent holiday concert, “Star of Bethlehem.” The concert is a release of Christmas favorites and nostalgic songs for the holiday season. The repeat performance will be held Sunday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode […]

Tickets are available for performances at Three Stages Art Center

“A Chorus Line,” the Joffrey Ballet, Rosanne Cash, Gloria Steinem, Hal Holbrook, Harlem Gospel Choir and many more will join local favorites, including the Sacramento Ballet and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, in the capital region’s newest home for the arts: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Tickets for the spring 2011 season of performing arts […]

Masters of Magic comes to Montbleu Casino Resort

“Masters of Magic,” a high-energy, family-friendly show featuring four headliner magicians with grand illusions, sleight of hand, mind-blowing tricks and a splash of comedy, will appear nightly at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, ( through Jan. 1. This world-class family production in a major showroom at South Lake Tahoe has tickets priced at $24.95 for […]

Snow survey: Early storms brighten water supply outlook

On the heels of early season storms, manual and electronic readings Tuesday indicate that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is 198 percent of normal for the date. “This boosts our hopes that we will have an adequate water supply for our cities and farms as we continue to shake off effects of the 2007-2009 […]

Volunteers needed for ski resort tours

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for ski and snowboard volunteers to lead guided interpretive tours at Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort one day a week from January through April. These interpretive tours are intended to educate resort visitors about the natural and cultural history of the Lake Tahoe Basin, highlighting […]

Forest Service seeks volunteers for 2011 Ski with a Ranger program

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for ski and snowboard volunteers to lead guided interpretive tours at Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort one day a week from January through April. These interpretive tours are intended to educate resort visitors about the natural and cultural history of the Lake Tahoe Basin, highlighting […]

AAA offers ‘tipsy tows’ New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve revelers have no excuse for drinking and driving. If you’ve been drinking, AAA Northern California will take you and your car home for free. AAA will offer its Tipsy Tow service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day in Northern California, Nevada […]

Staging tips to help sell your home in the new year

With January just around the corner, and the inevitable “New Year/New You” mentality setting in, many home owners are considering a new home. As there are more than 3.8 million homes currently for sale in the United States, how can you make your home stand out from the rest and increase the chance of selling? […]

Fruit tree and rose pruning classes offered by Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Walt Miller will present information on good pruning practices to keep trees healthy and under control 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Vterans memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Proper pruning leads to more fruit production on fruit-bearing trees.  Hands-on demonstrations using the proper tools will also be a part of […]

Senior Nutrition Menu — January

The following is the January Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

Enjoy a good meal for a good cause

Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County is partnering with local restaurants on an ongoing fundraising activity which kicked off in July. Proceeds benefit Snowline Hospice, formed to meet the end-of-life needs of terminally ill patients and their families throughout El Dorado County and the city of Folsom, at no charge to patient or family. Held […]

Ponderosa High School agriculture showcases student talents

Agriculture constitutes a significant portion of El Dorado County’s economic base and includes the growing of grapes and apples among its highest commodities. As a result, it makes sense that a strong agriculture program at Ponderosa High School provide the basis for educating students who are the future of this ever-growing industry. The agriculture program […]

Harry Norris gets EID prexy gavel

At its recent board meeting, El Dorado Irrigation District board members selected Harry Norris as president and Bill George as vice president for 2011. The new officers began their duties immediately. Outgoing board President John Fraser thanked his fellow board members stating that he was “pleased to sit in this seat as board president and […]

Tahoe scams reported

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department warned residents and business owners about two scams in recent weeks. The potentially costly scams involve individuals fraudulently representing themselves as members of the fire department or the firefighters’ association, said Division Chief Marty Scheuerman in a statement. The first scam involves individuals representing themselves as fire inspectors targeting […]

Winter gas prices flurry upwards

Average gas prices in California are rising higher, just like a snow bank in a winter storm. The Golden State’s average climbed 12 cents in just the past month, according to the latest report from AAA Northern California, which tracks gas prices as a service to consumers. According to AAA’s latest report, all but six […]

Imagination Theater celebrates 10 years

The founders of Imagination Theater invites the community to celebrate ITs 10th anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. at the theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville Two shows of “Grease” are scheduled on Sunday — a cast reunion and sponsor production at 2 p.m. and the closing […]

Carson City gets grant for tourism

CARSON CITY, NEV. —  The Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded $14,000 in grants last week for three different marketing efforts, providing support for the destination’s Divine Nine Golf Co-operative, CCCVB Website and video production and advertising materials for the Virginia & Truckee Railway. The CCCVB will allocate $3,000 to the Divine Nine […]

Rock and roll showcase comes to PJ’s

PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville proudly presents a showcase of all original music by local rock bands Full Funky Gorilla and Sin Nombre. The event is on Saturday, Jan. 15. The show starts at 9 p.m. and will go until past midnight. “I was looking for new ‘edgy’ bands to bring in […]

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Home stretch for blockbuster art show at de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — The exhibition Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay enters its final month on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition closes on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The museum will have extended viewing hours to accommodate visitors to this special presentation, the only […]

Law targets the silent killer

It’s a deadly scenario that plays out across California this time every year: Carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas, seeps out through a heater or appliance with terrible consequences to unsuspecting residents. Recently, a Monterey couple died from CO poisoning caused by a faulty gas heater. Fortunately, a new law requiring CO alarms, set […]

EDCAR installs officers

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors held its Installation and Awards Luncheon on Dec. 10 at the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills.  The event is held every year to install the elected officers and directors who will sit on the Board of Directors for EDCAR.  This year the master of ceremonies for […]

Grant continues traffic safety resource prosecutor program to combat DUI

In a continuing effort to reduce the incidence of driving under the influence and highway fatalities, the California Office of Traffic Safety  awarded the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office a $1.3 million grant to continue the successful efforts of the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor program. TSRP program Director Creg Datig said, “In its four years […]

Community Christmas dinner set for Saturday

The community is invited to share Christmas dinner at 3 p.m. at  the Mother Lode Lions Club Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. Or have that same meal delivered to your home on Christmas Day by calling 530-626-8484 by 4 p.m. on Dec. 23. For those coming to the sit-down dinner, this is a full turkey or […]

Lucinda’s Country Inn honors vets

Lucinda’s Country Inn honored military personnel with a stay at the south county inn. “Honoring our veterans with a free night at Lucinda’s Country Inn is the least we could do,” stated Lucinda Sullivan, owner of Lucinda’s. “Theirs and their families’ sacrifice is what makes it possible for me to have my B&B.” Lucinda’s Country […]

Volunteer educators are needed at the Sacramento Zoo

it is a great time to share a love for animals. The Sacramento Zoo is taking applications for the 2011 docent training class until Jan. 8. Zoo docents are volunteer educators who have a love for wildlife and enjoy people. Docents conduct tours and station talks at the zoo. With additional training, docents can also […]

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Rescue Union School District opens junior kindergarten program

The Rescue Union School District is pleased to invite all parents/guardians who reside within the Rescue Union School District boundaries who have students turning 5 by March 1, who would benefit from participation in a kindergarten readiness program prior to regular kindergarten, to contact the Rescue Union School District Office at 530-677-4461 or Jackson Elementary […]

Girard Vineyards given chamber award

David Girard Vineyards of Placerville was awarded the prestigious El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 “Achievement in Tourism” award at the chamber’s recent  annual installation dinner. In making the award the chamber cited David Girard Vineyards’ expression of confidence in the continuing dynamic business climate and opportunities in El Dorado County despite the current […]

Don’t get ‘Grinched’ at gas pump in the new year

During the busy holiday season many motorists may not have noticed that gas prices are at the highest point in more than two years, nearing $3 per gallon on average. While motorists can’t control the price of gas, they can keep from getting “grinched” by following a few simple steps from the Car Care Council. […]

Special election set Jan. 4

The Senate District 1 Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Mail ballots have been mailed; consider returning them as soon as possible either by mailing or dropping them off at the drive-up ballot box in front of Building C at 2850 Fair Lane Court. Also since this is the Christmas and […]

Crocker receives sponsorship from Bank of America

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce that it has received a sponsorship from Bank of America in support of a new initiative to broaden and diversify the museum’s audience. Community Connections at the Crocker is dedicated to providing access to the museum through four programs: Thursdays until 9, Pay What You […]

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Marshall Medical to host blood drive

Please join Marshall Medical Center and Marshall Community Blood Center as they host a blood drive on Friday, Jan. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. located at 1100 Marshall Way-Conference Rooms A, B, C and D in Placerville. For more information about the blood drive or on how to sign-up for an appointment, contact […]

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count is underway

The longest running citizen science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place to Jan. 5. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout North America will brave winter weather to add a new layer to over a century of data. Last year’s count shattered records. More than 2,100 counts and 60,753 […]

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