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Families needed to host foreign exchange students

AYUSA is looking for American families interested in hosting high school foreign exchange students for the 2011-2012 school year. Every year, more than 28,000 high school students from around the world come to the U.S. to study as part of U.S. government-sponsored foreign exchange programs. The students, ages 15 to 19 years old, are placed […]

The Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks have a busy schedule

The Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks are visiting El Dorado County through Jan. 12 and are presenting a series of events as part of the Sacred Earth Healing Tour 2010-2011. Placerville Friends of Tibet is organizing the stay. The Gaden Shartse Monks are creating a Manjushri Sand Mandala at the Cozmic Café, 549 Main St. in Placerville. Observe […]

Lorrene Baum-Davis is teaching workshops in January

Placerville artist Lorrene Baum-Davis has three weekends of metal clay workshops set up for January. On Saturday, Jan. 8, the class is Introduction to Metal Clay and the Sunday, Jan. 9, the class is Intermediate Metal Clay On Jan. 14, 15 and 16, Baum-Davis will conduct an intensive Level I Certification in Art Clay Silver […]

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Coalition including EID wins federal court case

Ruling saves district hundreds of thousands of dollars A coalition of hydroelectric project operators, which includes El Dorado Irrigation District, has won a federal appeals court victory that prevents the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from dramatically increasing its annual land-use fees on hydroelectric projects without a formal “notice-and-comment” rulemaking process. This decision and a prior court ruling spared […]

New exhibition surveys the art of Gottfried Helnwein

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum will present a survey of the work of artist Gottfried Helnwein in the new exhibition “Gottfried Helnwein: Inferno of the Innocents,” on view from Jan. 29 through April 24. Organized by the Crocker, the exhibition features 70 major paintings and photographs from throughout Helnwein’s career. Highlights include his iconic […]

Cirque du Soleil to present ‘Quidam’ in Sac

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show “Quidam” will be performing in Sacramento from May 11 to 15, at ARCO Arena for eight performances only. Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-745-3000. Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since […]

The sound of strings comes to Sutter Creek

Scheherazade Stone and Brian Gore of “The Sing Strings” bring insightful and imaginative original songs and arrangements to Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 the day of the show. For more information call 916-425-0077. Their music blends two unique […]

Railtown 1897 offers a behind-the-scenes pick

JAMESTOWN — Railtown 1897 State Historic Park plans to offer special, behind-the-scenes shop tours of the historic site on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. As part of this special opportunity, visitors will have the chance to get an up-close viewing of exciting projects currently underway plus learn about recently completed projects such […]

Small California tax-exempt organizations must file to retain exempt status

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board announced that starting Jan. 1 a new California law means tax-exempt organizations, other than churches and church-related organizations, with average gross receipts of $25,000 or less must electronically file with FTB or risk losing their tax-exempt status. FTB is mailing notices to the more than 256,000 tax-exempt organizations meeting […]

BLM plans public meetings on fire fuels management at Pine Hill Preserve

The federal Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office will hold two meetings in January to discuss fire fuels management, including pile burning, at the Pine Hill Preserve in western El Dorado County. Meetings will be held Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., both at the Cameron Park Community […]

Students learn about environmental impacts on local ecosystem

For the past 11 years, El Dorado County high school students have participated in field research at the Watershed Education Summit, an outdoor educational collaboration of students and teachers and professionals from county, state and federal agencies. This year’s project was located in the Crystal Basin of the American River Watershed, within the Eldorado National […]

Layer your paint color just like your clothes

Layering is de rigueur in fashion these days — tees, tops, sweaters, whatever. It not only looks smart, it’s practical. If you get a little warm, you can simply peel off a layer or two. Too cold? Layer up. You can use the same approach when dressing up the interior of your home, according to […]

Brian Peterson joins Insight Real Estate

Team Aldrich and Insight Real Estate are proud to welcome Brian Peterson to their team. Peterson has worked as a Realtor in El Dorado County since 2001 and has lived in Camino since 1995. Over the years, he has provided exceptional marketing, professional representation and personal attention to all of his clients which has resulted […]

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Job training funds available

The El Dorado County Department of Human Services has funding that can help pay for training to assist individuals who need help returning to work and are unlikely to return to their previous industry/occupation. Displaced homemakers and self-employed individuals may also qualify. The Adult and Dislocated Worker Program is designed to provide quality employment and […]

Battle yellow starthistle in winter

Homeowners, farmers, ranchers, pest control applicators and land managers are invited to attend a yellow starthistle control workshop set for Friday, Jan. 28, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Administrative Building C (Planning Commission room), 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville. Participants will learn about mechanical, cultural and chemical control methods to […]

Sierra Wildlife Rescue begins new classes

Sierra Wildlife Rescue will hold its first class of the new year —“Are You Ready to Rehab?” — on Jan. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the SWR Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Road, Placerville. The class is designed to acquaint those who may be interested in rehabbing orphaned and injured wild animals with basic […]

Stumpy Meadows spills early

Stumpy Meadows Reservoir started spilling at 3:46 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Flows during the storm peaked at 1,540 cubic feet per second (11,500 gallons per second) at 4:39 p.m. on Dec. 19 and Pilot Creek is currently flowing at 253 cubic feet per second. The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District crew was prepared and the […]

Shenandoah High School’s first homecoming open to public

Shenandoah High School, El Dorado Union High School District’s first public charter school, will present its First Homecoming Event on Jan. 19 featuring Elliot Washor, Ed.D., guest speaker and co-founder of Big Picture Learning. Big Picture is a nonprofit educational reform group dedicated to the fundamental rethinking of schooling. Shenandoah exemplifies the Big Picture philosophy […]

McClintock appointed chairman House Water and Power Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, has been appointed chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee in the 112th Congress. McClintock served as ranking member of the subcommittee in the previous Congress. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tom McClintock as the chairman of the Water […]

Contractors licensing board cautions licensees

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board’s Renewals Unit has been contacted by several licensees who attempted to renew their license through an outside business, rather than directly with CSLB. In some cases, doing so caused delays, which resulted in their licenses expiring. As a result, they must now pay late fees. The Attorney General’s […]

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 […]

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