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Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Jordan Freer Language, in my opinion, is the basis of humanity. The dawn of the universe was not the Big Bang, nor was it the meeting of hydrogen atoms. It was not the coming of the primal animal from water upon rocky shore, it was not the birth of the first mammal. The dawn of […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Claire Baco California Montessori Project, my school, requires all seventh- and eighth-graders to go to a three-day internship at the end of January each year. I’m in seventh grade this year and was a bit worried about where to go when my teacher, Natasha Raffety, suggested the Mountain Democrat. I wasn’t really sure, but my […]

From friendship in Placerville to filmmaking in Indonesia

Little did Gabbie Bhaskar and Stan Okumura know that the bond of friendship that developed between them growing up and going to school together in Placerville would lead to a partnership producing a film about the maltreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. Their film “Photographing the Galuh: Mental Health in Indonesia” will be premiering […]

Lawn facts

There are many reasons to replace a lawn, including: • Your kids have outgrown it • You want to save water, time, energy and money • You want to look at something more interesting and colorful • You want or need garden space for something else (edibles, fruit trees, patio, a path, a cutting garden, […]

60th anniversary for Don and Joan Gubbins

Joan and Don Gubbins Sr. eloped in Reno, Nev. on July 3, 1954. They raised four children, welcomed six grandchildren and now have four great-grandchildren. As their 60th wedding anniversary their children decided to give them the wedding they never had and always wanted. In a beautiful ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church in […]

70th anniversary for Ed and Gladys Weaver

Ed Weaver and Gladys Weaver will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at a family celebration with their four children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Ed and Gladys were married Aug. 31, 1944 in Dowagiac, Mich. They were teenagers when they fell in love at Twin Lakes, Mich., café. Their children are Ed Weaver of Los […]

Concorso Italiano — Italy in Monterey

The Road Beat Extra, August 20,2014 By Mitchell Weitzman The Italians may not get everything right; just look back at their recent financial crisis. But there are many other things that the Italians do as well, if not better than anyone else. Cars are one of them (though let’s not forget their penchants for art, […]

Schedule of performances

Friday, Sept 12 River Walk (Departs from Greenwood Creek) – A Thousand Years at Sea – 2:00 pm Campgrounds: Camp Lotus, 5:30 pm – Aireene Espiritu – Ukelele Shop, 8:00 pm – Rebecca Loebe Performance EarthTrek, 5:30pm – Patchy Sanders Harmony Shop, 8:00 pm Patchy Sanders Performance American River Resort, 7:00 pm – Musician’s Showcase […]

Festival ticket packages

There are several ticket packages for eighth annual American River Music Festival Sept. 13-15 in Coloma-Lotus Valley. Saturday or Sunday Sept 13th or 14th Main Stage pass Adults: $35 at El Dorado Arts Council and Placerville Food Coop, $45 at the gate Youth, 8-17: $15 Youth, 7 and under: free Saturday and Sunday Sept 13th […]

Welcome to the 8th American River Music Festival

Thanks for joining us, and welcome to the eighth annual American River Music Festival, Sept. 12,13,14, presenting the “Finest in Roots Music,” on the South Fork in the Coloma-Lotus Valley. Kim Rogers, host of KVMR’s Good Stuff, said it best:”It is a killer line-up!!” This year’s artists will give over 30 performances and Join-In-shops in […]

Local artist creates Midwest monument

ELLINWOOD, KAN. — El Dorado Hills school teacher and artist Tim Conway made a major mark in a Midwest town, creating a monumental mural dedicated to the history of Ellinwood and the Santa Fe Trail. The mural is more that 30 feet tall and 50 feet wide. It graces the wall of the historic 1887 […]

Fine art and wine in EDH

What: The El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire Who: El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, El Dorado Arts Council and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Where: El Dorado Hills Town Center When: Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person for one day of wine tasting (21 […]

Grizzly duo enjoy prolific careers

GARDEN VALLEY — Over the years, Golden Sierra High has produced its share of outstanding athletes. However, it’s a unique occurrence when a male and female athlete in the same sport share terrific seasons in the same events. Grizzly seniors Connor Barla and Emily Reddish have become common-place headliners for the track and field program. […]

Youth commissioners shadow county supervisors

By Vineetha Ramesh Youth commissioner, District IV On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the El Dorado County Youth Commission attended a “shadow day” with the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Comprised of El Dorado County students from eighth to 12th grade, the delegation is a youth-led advisory board to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. […]

Heavenly news: How the community observatory works

Visitors to the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory,  6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, know what a significant community resource this facility has become. Since opening in May 2006, more than 17,000 visitors have enjoyed the experience of visiting the observatory and being both entertained and educated by a dedicated, all-volunteer observatory docent staff. The […]

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