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New blog on painting full of ideas

The Paint Quality Institute, one of the most respected sources of information on paints and painting, has launched a new blog full of tips and advice on the use of paint to maintain and beautify the interior and exterior of the home. The address is blog.paintquality.com. Written by PQI color expert Debbie Zimmer, the blog […]

Painting is money in the bank

Trying to decide whether to do some home remodeling this year or leave your money in the bank? You can do both if you remodel with paint. “The cost of do-it-yourself interior painting is so low, it’s almost like remodeling without touching your bank account,” said Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. The […]

Pruning classes offered at El Dorado Nursery

El Dorado Nursery and Garden in Shingle Springs is offering free pruning clinics on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. and noon. The clinics are held outdoors so please dress warmly. The first clinic is all about roses and starts at 10 a.m. The class covers the pruning, care and selection of roses. Learn how […]

Expedition: Kirkwood expands into new hub

KIRKWOOD — Kirkwood Mountain Resort is hosting the grand opening of Expedition: Kirkwood Outfitters on Saturday, Jan. 29. Expedition: Kirkwood is North America’s first and California’s premiere resort-based high alpine adventure program offering guests a range of specialty clinics, private guiding and intro to backcountry courses. The flagship product for Expedition: Kirkwood is a Powder Cat […]

Mad Hatters to reunite

The Mad Hatters are having a reunion luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m.. The potluck luncheon will include door and table prize drawings and a video presentation with the charming Geneva Gibson serving as mistress of ceremonies. Guests are requested to bring a salad, casserole or dessert. A refrigerator and warming oven will be […]

Buckeye school district opens registration

Buckeye Union School District announces that beginning Feb. 8, kindergarten and junior kindergarten registration for the 2011-12 school year will be accepted at all of its elementary schools — Buckeye in Shingle Springs, 530-677-2277; Blue Oak and Blue Oak Montessori in Cameron Park, 530-676-0164; William Brooks in El Dorado Hills, 916-933-6618; Silva Valley in El […]

Calif: 3 more years of double digit unemployment

STOCKTON — The sluggish recovery will keep California’s unemployment rate above 10 percent for three more years, according to the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific. Federal tax cuts and stronger consumer spending have given a slight boost to the 2011 outlook, but the longrange view is largely unchanged from recent forecasts. Most […]

The Center for Violence-free Relationships gets Allstate grant

The Center for Violence-free Relationships is pleased to announce they are a recipient of one of five grants to enhance economic empowerment services to domestic violence victims and survivors living in rural areas. In California, Allstate Foundation is collaborating with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence to distribute the funds through a competitive grant […]

Bipolar insights: Stop stigma — prove them wrong

“Stigma is a Greek word that in its origins, referred to a tattoo mark that was cut or burned into the skin of criminals, slaves, or traitors in order to visibly identify them as blemished or a morally polluted person. These individuals were to be avoided or shunned, particularly in public places,” according to Healthline Network […]

Buy in for fun

Time to get that poker face on and pull up a chair at the fifth annual Hangtown Hold’em Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 29. Card players will be trying to hit that gutshot straight or call with set as they try to be the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Hangtown Hold’em 2011 champion. The action […]

‘Big Things’ make a big impression

Eric Ahola is a sculptor of “Big Things.” Many of Ahola’s pieces are part of the Placerville Arts Association’s three-dimensional show at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace in Placerville. A gigantic pencil, rolling pin, hanger, spatula, Scrabble game and more prompt viewers to feel a bit like small Alice in Wonderland. Ahola is a […]

McCubrey photograph on display in Vermont

Former Mountain Democrat photographer Joanne McCubrey has had a photograph accepted for an exhibit at the Vermont Photo Space Gallery. The exhibit, “The Arrangement” features still life as subject matter. Her photograph, “Bodie Table Setting” was one of 50 entries accepted for the exhibit, which runs through Feb. 8. The Vermont Photo Space Gallery is […]

Crocker launches Thursday experiences with a twist

The Crocker Art Museum has launched a new suite of weekly programs entitled “Thursdays ‘til 9.” Every Thursday until 9 p.m., the new evening series offers visitors a chance to explore the many forms of art. “‘Thursdays ‘til 9′ lets visitors choose what kind of art experience they want to have— whether through film, music, […]

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the new season

Don’t put away those champagne flutes yet. The celebrating has only just begun. Break out the baguettes and brie, because for the month of January the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing a bit of France to Sacramento. On Friday, Jan. 21, the Community Center Theater will open its doors a night early for the Backstage Jazz […]

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Dutch oven cooks to compete for cash

Central California Dutch Oven Adventures (CCDOA) is hosting the 2011 International Sportsman Exposition (ISE) Dutch Oven cook-offs and demonstrations at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Jan. 20 – 23. Dutch oven cook-offs are sponsored by the International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS) and will consist of a Saturday, Jan. 22, three-pot cook-off. The three-pot cook-off will […]

Mummified cat case settled after trial

By Ashley Archibald In what has been dubbed Tuolumne County’s “most bizarre custody dispute,” a court battle over a mummified cat was resolved recently for $1 after months of contention and a trial of nearly four hours. In the case of one-time tenant Christine Tuohy vs. former landlord Thomas Renkel, Court Commissioner Kim Knowles ruled […]

Red Molly appearing in the WinterPlay series

Paul Emery’s WinterPlay Performing Arts Series at the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St. in Nevada City, features acoustic trio Red Molly in concert on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. The series features three weeks of music followed by a three week run of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Red Molly began as a happy […]

Public television to feature Sacramento choral group

KVIE Public Television is showcasing the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra as a nationally unique arts organization. The show premieres Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on Channel 6 and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Among the 12,000 community choruses in the United States, the Sacramento group is the only large […]

Ailey II brings passion and spirit to the Reno stage

The country’s best young dance talent, performing together as the renowned Ailey II, travels to Reno, Nev., Jan. 25, for a performance in Artown’s Encore series. The innovative, not-to-miss performance combines passion, spirit and energy for a staggering, unforgettable performance. The evening’s repertoire includes the renowned Revelations, created by Alvin Ailey in 1960 and an […]

‘A Chorus Line’ kicks off new FLC facility opening

Three Stages to debut with “a singular sensation” What: “A Chorus Line” the national tour Who: Folsom Lake College When: February 11-13 (5 performances) Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Cost: $45-65 Information: threestages.net or 916-608-6888 (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and two hours before show time) FOLSOM — Three Stages at […]

Crab-cracking good time in El Dorado Hills

Put on your bib and get ready for some good eating at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 19. The mouth-watering event at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, 1021 Harvard Way, includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, fresh garden salad, pasta and red plum tomato sauce topped with […]

State to contact those who didn’t file tax return

SACRAMENTO — While most people are working on their 2010 state tax returns, the Franchise Tax Board  recently announced that it is contacting more than 900,000 people who did not file a 2009 state income tax return. FTB finds nonfilers by using more than 400 million income records it receives each year from third parties […]

It’s important to make empty home look occupied

CHICAGO —  Many people looking for unoccupied homeowners insurance (homeownersinsurance.net/) for an empty residence will find that the process can be difficult. Many companies will not cover such a dwelling or charge high premiums because of the increased risk associated with vacant properties. The chance of burglary and vandalism are higher. The potential of unnoticed damage which can compound problems and costs […]

Tips for recognizing pesky termite infestations

SAN DIEGO — Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes, offices and other structures; early detection is the best weapon against these costly bugs; here are infestation signs for people to recognize whether they need termite control services Business owners and homeowners pay out billions of dollars for damages caused by termites. By noticing signs of an […]

Master Food Preserver: Botulism’s a deadly toxin

By Ora Emmerich UCCE El Dorado County Master Food Preservers For many of us, the word botulism makes us think of wrinkle free foreheads and faces that seem frozen from Botox injections. For others, the word means a deadly toxin that can be found in improperly canned food. How can one organism be responsible for […]

Pruning clinic to take the intimidation out of rose pruning

Elsina M. Dean Master Rosarian Pruning rose bushes is very good for the plants. It is very hard to kill roses with bad pruning but it does take time, patience and a lot of practice to become an accomplished rose pruner. Why prune? To remove the dead wood. It improves air circulation in the bush. It shapes […]

Discover history’s golden nuggets in Coloma

Volunteers and docents will be commemorating the discovery of gold at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma Saturday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 23. The park will be bustling with Gold Rush activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day rain or shine. The two day event marks James Marshall’s discovery of […]

State Fair scholarship program accepting applications

In periods of economic uncertainty it is often education programs, scholarships and grants for students that dry up, leaving some of the most promising students without support to cover college expenses. The Friends of the California State Fair announced that it will continue its scholarship program for the 2011-2012 academic year. California college students and […]

Free seminar to relieve back pain

For those suffering from back pain, Cameron Park Physical Therapy Center and Dr. Christopher Molitor (Orthopedic Surgeon and Spine Specialist) of Sierra Orthopedics in Placerville are presenting a free community service seminar. The seminar will cover back pain and interventions that can be taken to promote a healthier life style and reduce further pain and […]

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals announces historic decision

BOISE, Idaho — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 announced an historic decision to abandon its so-called “federal defendant” rule. The rule categorically prohibited private parties, as well as state and local governments, from intervening of right on the merits of claims brought under the National Environmental Policy Act. Paul Turcke, who […]

Gaines bill would allow all mail ballot on special elections

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Jan. 17 announced that he has introduced a bill that will help cut the cost of special elections in smaller California counties. Senate Bill 109 will give counties with populations under 400,000 the option to hold solely vote-by-mail elections in situations where a special election is called. “My bill […]

Placerville city committees seek members

The Placerville City Council is inviting individuals to serve in a variety of advisory roles on various city committees, commissions and boards. Deadline for completed applications is Jan. 31. Generally, applicants must either be a resident of the city or own or operate a business within the city limits. Applicants for the Planning Commission may […]

Free tire recycling in El Dorado County

The residents of El Dorado County currently drive on roads they helped create through numerous tire-recycling events the County Environmental Management Department (EMD) has conducted since 1995. Sections of Green Valley Road, Cameron Park Drive and Main Street in Placerville are paved with Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC). Soon part of Missouri Flat Road will also […]

Attorney general warns of identity theft as predator pleads guilty to hacking e-mail accounts

SACRAMENTO – A Citrus Heights computer hacker pleaded guilty to seven felony charges for breaking into hundreds of women’s e-mail accounts, the sort of identity theft crime that Californians should take steps to protect themselves against, according to Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. “This case highlights the fact that anyone with an e-mail account is […]

Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute available to local educators

Educators from Amador, El Dorado and Placer counties have a unique opportunity to connect with local agriculture by attending the Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute June 20-23. The three-day workshop will bring together teachers with farmers, ranchers and other agricultural and natural resource specialists to gain a deeper understanding of the agricultural productions systems and how they sustain the health […]

Bible discussion and bag lunch at St. Stephen’s

“Bag Lunch and Bible” will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills. This weekly study will be a unique opportunity to join in the study of biblical texts as a trained pastor does his personal study. Unlike many other studies, this is a window on the […]

Hitch up the wagon to see ‘Quilters’

When the rousing musical “Quilters” starts its four-week run at Imagination Theater this March, the set will include an authentic covered wagon restored by 80-year-old Fiddletown resident Ron Scofield. “Quilters” features 16 scenes of true-life stories taken from the diaries of pioneer women and is playing across the country. Director for the El Dorado County […]

Marketing to government free workshop set

Are you the owner of a small business who would like to expand your sales/services to the government? The Federal Technology Center  will be presenting a free workshop entitled “Marketing to Government” on Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, Office of Emergency Services, 330 Fair Lane, […]

Placerville Planning Commission seeks members

The Placerville City Council invites individuals who are interested in sharing their positive energy and creative talents to apply for appointment to the Planning Commission to fill three  four-year terms of office, set to expire on  March 1. The function of the Planning Commission is to work within the guidelines established by the city’s General […]

National photo show at Blue Line Gallery

ROSEVILLE — Lewis Kemper, a Canon USA “Explorer of Light” photographer, has selected 56 photographs submitted by photographic artists from across the U.S. for the Blue Line Gallery’s 2011 Photography Exhibition. The show opens with a public reception on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through Feb. 12, on Tuesdays and […]

Acrylic and oil painting class

A new class titled “Bold Lines — Acrylic and Oil Painting Workshop” is scheduled for Tuesdays, Feb. 8-Feb. 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The class fee is $50. Dana Childs is the instructor. Bring a $20 supply fee to class. The class is designed to help you “Cross the line, open up and paint boldly with […]

Open stage musical tribute to remember Greg Miller

A special open stage musical tribute in memory of Munk (Greg Miller) will take place Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. Munk, who hosted the open mics regularly, died suddenly of a massive heart attack that he had while hosting the open mic on Dec 2. He was very active in the […]

Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy gearing up again

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy. This academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community. […]

Mark Twain to help reopen hotel

In celebration of the reopening of the Columbia City Hotel restaurant, a special dinner, featuring legendary 19th-century American writer and humorist Mark Twain, will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, at 22678 Main St., Columbia. The three-course dinner and program is $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Local actor Pat Kaunert will […]

Crocker Art Museum will open on holiday Mondays

The Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Downtown Sacramento, will open its doors on four Monday holidays this year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will celebrate these holidays. On Monday, Jan. 17, there is are tours based on King’s […]

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