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Hear musical treats at Hangtown Halloween Ball

The festival “Festivals take on a personality of their own,” commented Lech Wierzynski, band leader for The California Honeydrops. According to Pet Projekt and High Sierra Music, organizers of the event, Railroad Earth’s Third Annual Hangtown Halloween Ball will have no shortage of personality. The ball is set to transform the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, […]

Film shows hope for environment

A diverse group was on hand for the local presentation of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time.” Emmy award-winning director Steve Dunsky’s new film is about a 20th century conservationist who shared values on both sides of current party lines. Host and organizer Tripp Mikich of the El Dorado Chapter […]

Locally produced DVD nominated for award

Pollock Pines resident Aldo Panattoni is passionate about three things: music, videography, and travel. This coming year, his first two passions will fuel his third when he heads to Memphis, Tenn. to attend the 33rd Blues Music Awards where his recent work “That’s My Thing — Elvin Bishop Live in Concert” is nominated as DVD […]

Placerville’s unlikely commodity: ‘thrifted’ clothes to NYC

For many, times are still tough and jobs are few, but one young woman is using her history in the fashion industry and one of Placerville’s hidden commodities to help support a growing family. Becky Carter, wife and mother, began selling “vintage” clothes at e-commerce venue,, and in her previous Sacramento storefront, Velvet Leaf, […]

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