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Time out: Sweet score makes points across the board

Restaurant: Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts Address: 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-642-9644 Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts is located at 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville and the phone number is 530-642-9644. Barbecue is a matter of taste and how you feel about it usually depends on where in the United States you grew up. […]

Wine and treat at Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Winery would like to invite the public to its annual Wine and Treats event Halloween weekend. The winery will be hosting free food, cheese and wine pairing along with some spooky good deals on wine. Wine club members, those in costume and those who buy wine will get a free chance to spin […]

Master Food Preserver: Pumpkin and winter squash fun

The Master Food Preserver classes are over for 2014, but the group is still in harvest season. Take the time now to seek out those wonderful little sugar pie pumpkins that are excellent for preserving. The following instructions apply to not only pumpkins, but winter squash as well. Puree: Puree pumpkin/winter squash using any of […]

Art exhibit examines PTSD

A traveling art exhibit coming to California State University, Sacramento examines post-traumatic stress disorder — its causes and symptoms, its stigma and treatment — through the art and words of those directly affected by it. “PTSD Nation: Art and Poetry From Survivors of War, Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse” will run Nov. 1-Dec. 13 in […]

Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Sq 85 recognizes Spaatz Cadets

Cadet Colonel Trenton Bromenschenkel and Cadet Colonel Sarah Gamble, both from Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 in Placerville, were both awarded the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, becoming the newest Spaatz Award recipients in the California Wing. The presentation was made in October at the Civil Air Patrol California Wing annual conference. Major General Joseph […]

Arts Council celebrates move with open house

After five years at 459 Main St. in Placerville, the El Dorado Arts Council has packed up ArtSpace and moved across town to 772 Pacific St. — the Fausel House — one of the most fetching buildings in downtown Placerville. Before its 2007 renovation, the Fausel House was Placerville’s oldest residential building, built by Frederick […]

Concert to feature patriotic favorites

The Capitol Pops Concert Band is playing at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 County Club Drive in Cameron Park, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The performance opens the concert season at the center. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, Capitol Pops’ performance will include a mix of some of the band’s traditional American […]

Musical boonanza

THE HANGTOWN Halloween Ball at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26 provided festival goers a festival lineup of 30 diverse bands playing funk, soul, Americana and pure jam. The scene this year featured plenty of music plus yoga classes, morning meditation in a Zen garden, group pumpkin […]

‘Carrie’ presents an important message

What: “Carrie: the Musical” Who: Drama students at El Dorado High School Where:  Black Box Theatre, Studio 81, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 with 8 p.m. curtain times also on Nov. 1, 6, 7 and 8, Nov. 13, 14 and 15. A special matinée performance is set for 1 p.m. Nov. […]

Grow For It! Citrus

The voice on the phone was tentative: “Hello, is this the Master Gardener?” “Well, I’m one of the Master Gardeners. My name is Petunia” (name changed to protect the author). “Did you have a question?” Anguished voice: “I think my mandarin tree is dying!” Racing thoughts on the MG’s end — Master Gardener to self: […]

Lenzmen are a hit in Hangtown

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: this is Part 4 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Placerville had a lively local music scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Val Pease estimates he played in 18 different bands in the decade, but one in particular stands out. The Lenzmen were arguably the […]

At a glance: Spooktacular boonanza

The Hangtown Halloween Ball was a boonanza for music fans and with the number of people attending and performing it should be a spooktacular monetary bonanza for El Dorado County. Hopefully all the entertainers, crew and attendees will come back to Placerville for another visit and to see all the other great things going on […]

Rumor Has It for a fun show

What: Hangtown Cabaret and Review Barbershop Extravaganza Who: Gold Rush Chorus Where: American Legion Hall, 4561 Green Valley Road, Placerville When: Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Cost: $5 Information: goldrushchorus.org The blending of the four mellifluous voices that make up the Rumor Has It barbershop quartet is remarkably pleasant, but what is perhaps even […]

Story discussion group to start

There will be a series of discussions in the Fifty-plus Room at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The Short Story Discussion Group will discuss a variety of famous short stories and their themes. The group will be facilitated by Carly […]

‘Aladdin’ makes magic happen

What: “Aladdin” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Oct. 31 through Nov. 16 with shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Cost: $18 to $26 with premium seats available for $36 Information: harriscenter.net or Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 […]

Book expands knowledge about olive oil and more

Would you like to expand your knowledge on olive oil? Most people like the taste of extra virgin olive oil. Not all extra virgin olive oils taste the same. Early harvest extra virgin olive oils are fruity with a hint of green and ripe olives and usually have a peppery finish. This extra virgin olive […]

Bipolar Insights: May I introduce Jon

For the past 16 years many individuals have attended the Bipolar Insights classes and many have stood out due to their amazing and compelling stories. Allow me to share one story that touched my heart and is certain to impact you, as well. This is his first person story.   Jon My name is Jon […]

As we were: Prints to help raise funds

25 Years Ago Oct. 27, 1989 Limited edition signed prints to be released “Christmas at the Courthouse” will be unveiled by artist Thomas Kinkade 5-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Placerville Inn, announced Mountain Democrat Editor Michael Raffety. Signed and certified limited edition prints of the new oil painting by Placerville’s nationally-known artist will be offered […]

Foothill gourmet: Favorite clam chowder recipes

If you’re a clam chowder aficionado, read on. Clam chowder is today’s highlight. We visit the stunning coastal area of San Luis Obispo County and enjoy bird watching and fresh seafood. Besides 250 species of birds, San Luis Obispo County (SLO, in the local vernacular) hosts a decadently rich, creamy clam chowder at the Splash […]

Saw mill boy finds a little Texas in Vietnam

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Val Pease hails from a long line of infantrymen. When his draft notice arrived in late 1967, he never seriously considered avoiding service. When he entered the service in early 1968, the Tet offensive was raging. Two important skills kept him off the front line, and make his military experience far less unpleasant […]

San Francisco is no place for a saw mill boy

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease credits his longtime friend Pat Swansborough with teaching him guitar in 1962 and kick starting a half-century local music legacy. The two old friends recently attended their class reunion, where Pease enjoyed hearty […]

Free support group meets first Friday

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Things to do: Oct. 24, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1022 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 2, is featuring Jean Stiles painter in watercolor, oil and paste. Woodworker Ken Jones whose amazing pieces with inlaid woods draw much attention is also featured along with Dory Schachner, graphic artist. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional […]

Life as I know it: Paper mills and a GI loan

As I implied last time, I did enjoy living in the fall season in Wisconsin. Peggy liked walking with Nancy in a buggy, but when she was the only one out on the street she decided that it was cold enough to stop. I thought having to shovel snow off the walk on Thanksgiving was […]

Hangtown Halloween Ball hits its stride

The Hangtown Halloween Ball returns to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26 with a muscular lineup chock-full of spleen-splattering funk, gut-bucket soul, hoedown Americana and pure jam. This year’s edition features an expanded schedule, an unpredictable emcee, increased local […]

Railroad Earth genesis

Railroad Earth came together as a bluegrass band in 2001, anchored by Todd Sheaffer’s songwriting and the band’s stellar musicianship on core bluegrass instrumentation — banjo, fiddle and mandolin. They quickly realized that the strength of Sheaffer’s arrangements and the band’s musical prowess allowed them to layer elements of world music, folk, Celtic, jazz, and […]

Tahoe ‘Barton baby’ keeps the dream alive

The guy calling the shots at the Hangtown Halloween Ball on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26 is former professional snowboarder Ryan Kronenberg, a South Lake Tahoe native and self-described “Barton baby” who conceived the festival four-plus years ago and brought the dream to life with some high-powered help. Kronenberg saw the […]

Craven keeps Hangtown Ball bouncing

Joe Craven has been named master of ceremonies for the fourth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26. Equal parts ambassador and court jester, the irrepressible Craven has become a familiar face to local acoustic music fans, who might recall his now-famous folk rap or his extended percussion […]

Hangtown Ball details

The fourth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 23 and 25 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Early ticket sales have been strong. Some categories of tickets have already sold out. Plan accordingly. Discounted single day tickets are available at the door to residents of […]

Free safety and self defense class

When the time changes bring dark mornings and early nights, the criminals come out to prey. Don’t become a victim by failing to empowering yourself with knowledge and basic self-defense skills. A Dark Dangers Safety and Self Defense Free Clinic will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Robinson’s Taekwondo, 4100 Cameron […]

Paint a glass at Sierra Vista

Join Sierra Vista Winery on the patio Sunday, Oct. 26 for the Vino & Vignette Painting Class Series. Local artist Vicki Hough will lead the class through a three-hour harvest-themed wine glass painting session while painters enjoy a tasting of the finest wines at Sierra Vista. Students will be painting a set of four wine […]

Greek mythology comes to life at Fairytale Town

The mythological world of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” will come to life at Fairytale Town’s annual Safe and Super Halloween event. Families can enjoy three nights of fun and trick-or-treating at the storybook park on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 from 5-9 p.m. Young heroes can go on a quest to Mount […]

Fairytale Town revamps Farmer Brown’s Barn

Fairytale Town unveiled a renovated and improved Farmer Brown’s Barn in October. The barn is one of the storybook park’s original play sets and the home of Eeyore, Charlotte the Spider, Daisy the Cow that Jumped Over the Moon and more members of Fairytale Town’s animal family. Improvements to Farmer Brown’s Barn include the expansion […]

Metal Dragonfly lands at Green Acres

Metal Dragonfly has found a new home for the Garden Studio at the Green Acres Farmers Market Place, 3400 Carson Court in Camino. This new location is a year round, indoor setting which allows the owner Carol Perry the opportunity to offer the community a great selection of indoor plants, fountains, garden art and many other […]

Time to enter contests

When Doug Alberts opened Green Acres Farmers Market in Camino on Oct. 1, he had a vision of much more than produce for his customers. “I would like Green Acres to be a destination-type location with something for everyone — events, family activities, local handcrafts, foods, gifts and wine tasting,” he said. “The pumpkin and […]

Local squadron recognized as best in state

Placerville’s Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 was recognized as the Cadet Squadron of the Year Saturday evening at the Civil Air Patrol California Wing annual conference. Seventeen Cadet Squadrons throughout California competed for this coveted title. Major General Joseph R. Vasquez, CAP’s National Commander and CEO, Brigadier General Larry F. Myrick, CAP’s Vice Commander […]

Sip and nibble at ‘Night at the Library’

The Friends of the Library invite the public to “A Night at the Library” on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Stroll through the stacks sipping wine and nibbling epicurean delights. Music to soothe, lovely artwork to behold and a drawing and silent auction await […]

Hawkins dancers perform holiday show

A Heartwarming tale performed by Tap, Contemporary and Ballet Dancers Hawkins School of Performing Arts dance companies invites the public to a performance on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 and 7 p.m. or on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. for an extraordinary holiday show. “Holiday Inn” is a heartwarming tale of two best friends […]

Dedication for Pearl Place Art Wall

Plan to celebrate Halloween a little early at the Halloween Costume Parade and Barbecue party in Diamond Springs on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. The festivities are to dedicate The Pearl Place Art Wall. The costume parade will begin at the Diamond Terraces Apartments at 6035 Service Drive at 1:30 pm and proceed up to the mural […]

‘Anna Karenina’ steps onto the Capital Stage

Capital Stage continues its 10th anniversary season “Moving Between Worlds” with the Sacramento premiere of Helen Edmundson’s award-winning adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “Anna Karenina.” William Faulkner called Tolstoy’s enduring work “the best novel ever written” and the Times called Edmundon’s play “an exemplary adaptation.” Capital Stage’s production will be directed by founding artistic director […]

Exhibition to showcase jewelry

During his 14 years at California State University, Sacramento, emeritus art professor Daniel Frye produced beautiful work in jewelry and small metals and inspired students to follow their own creative spirit and artistic endeavors. Frye died last July and his works, as well as those of his students, will be displayed in “Moments of Impact.” […]

Musicals ‘Mame’ and ‘Cinderella’ ring in holidays

Runaway Stage Productions presents the perfect musical to ring in the holidays. “Mame,” plays Oct. 24 to Nov. 16 at the Sierra 2 Center, 24th Street Theatre in downtown Sacramento. Tickets ranging from $18-25 are available online at runawaystage.com or through the box office at 916-207-1226. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays […]

Carson Valley scores with weekly football contest

The 2014 football season at the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casino brings a Weekly Pro Pick’em Contest and Monday Night Football drawings for weekly prizes and weekly qualifiers for a season-end Super Bowl Ultimate Tail Gate Package at both properties. The Progressive Pro Pick’em offers a special $5 parlay card each week with all […]

Sierra Repertory spells success

Can you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S? Sierra Repertory Theatre presents a group of six young spellers and special audience participants in the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” held at the East Sonora stage, 13891 Mono Way in Sonora, from Oct. 24-Nov. 23. Tickets are available at sierrarep.org or by calling the box office at […]

Ride the ‘Spookomotive’ trains in Sac

All aboard for Halloween fun. The California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will once again offer engaging and entertaining rides aboard its popular “Spookomotive” train this fall season. “Spookomotive” trains operate hourly from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Train ride guests are encouraged to dress up to […]

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