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This decathlon is in the classroom

A celebration of the cerebral is taking place this week in El Dorado County, as students from four area high schools compete in the annual Academic Decathlon. Ponderosa High School will be defending its incredible title, 22 years in a row of taking home top honors in the academic contest. Students are tested in the […]

Tahoe vibe rocks at Hard Rock

It’s a shot in the arm for the Lake Tahoe action, a beacon for those who hunger for the glamour of Vegas and a blend of vintage and modern, but the newly-opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe has its own Tahoe vibe. Hard Rock Lake Tahoe held its grand opening party on Jan. 28 […]

Foothill dining: Cocktail recipes give whiskey an added twist

With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks. Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether it’s syrups, fruit juices, vermouth or even tea. A […]

As we were: New president of school board

25 Years ago Feb. 2, 1990 Bob Laurie will head county school board By JOHN SAMMON Attorney Robert A. Laurie has been elected president of the El Dorado County Board of Education. The announcement was made by Ken Lowry, county superintendent of schools. An attorney with Cameron Park law firm of Laurie, Maloney and Wheatley, Laurie has […]

Railroad Museum announces Tuesday train rides

As an expansion of the well-established weekday train ride program for local school groups, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are once again offering excursion train rides to the general public on 14 pre-determined Tuesdays in Spring 2015. Tuesday Train Rides are available on the following dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and […]

Pink Floyd tribute at Sutter Creek Theatre

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents House of Floyd — The music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. The group is back by popular demand and offers great sound, great video, lasers, fog — this show has it all. House of Floyd, a reverent tribute to Pink […]

Things to do: Jan. 30, 2015

ONGOING put gold 130 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Feb. 2 through March 1, will present an all-gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history and shows how much […]

Paris Comes to Sacramento with ‘Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880–1910′

The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910” is on view Feb. 1 to April 26. This special exhibition is a journey into Paris in its most dynamic years, when the city was an incubator for artistic and literary movements. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec himself fits no category, but groups […]

IT takes two in ‘Red, White and Tuna’

What: “Red, White and Tuna” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 15 Cost: Tickets $15 Information: 530-642-0404 or imaginationtheater.net Brilliant writing, sterling actors and an effervescent director — along with an absolutely hilarious plot line — guarantee you’ll forget your troubles for a while as you dive […]

Discover Ecstatic Dance in Placerville

Ecstatic Dance Placerville will host its first Friday night event Jan. 30 from 7:30-10 at the Odd Fellows Hall on 467 Main St. in Placerville. Attendees can move and be moved at this alcohol-free community event. Ecstatic Dance is a gathering for people of all ages and abilities to dance freely, move however they wish […]

Entertainment rocks at Hard Rock

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is rocking the South Shore February with two eclectic bands performing in Vinyl, the resort casino’s new entertainment venue. The English Beat plays Saturday, Feb. 7 and Starset performs Friday, Feb. 13. Vinyl also features a free show with the Saddle Tramps on Thursday, Feb. 5. English […]

Katherine Lee to speak

Discover needs, desires and legacy and learn how to overcome fear of failure and frazzled brain with dynamic speaker Kathrine Lee, co-creator of the Ultimate Source, a faith-based personal development system on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Lee is a life and business strategist. She is an internationally recognized speaker and has touched countless people with her […]

Visual artistry dazzles the audience

Michael Cooper is a Poet of the Stage — an eye-popping visual artist and virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances of humor and poignancy, nimble speech and eloquent gestures have dazzled audiences of all ages for almost 30 years. Cooper brings his own special world to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on […]

Russian National Ballet presents major ballets

Over a span of three days, the Russian National Ballet Theatre continues its mission of presenting major Russian ballets by performing “Giselle,” “Chopiniana,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Don Quixote,” at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. “Giselle” tells the story of a peasant girl of the same name who dies of […]

Super time at Carson Valley Inn

A Tailgate Party on Saturday, a Parlay Card with a guaranteed $5,000 prize and the marquee matchup of Seahawks vs. Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1 will highlight a Super Weekend on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Carson Valley Inn located on Highway 395 in Minden. The Saturday Tailgate Party in TJ’s Corral runs […]

New owners at Amador Foothill Winery

Perched on top of one of the highest points in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley for more than three decades, Amador Foothill Winery in Plymouth has a simple charm all its own. That’s what attracted winemaker Tom Jones and his wife Beth to purchase the winery and vineyards in the fall of 2014 and allow a new […]

Ballet tells a story of romance and comedy

“Coppélia,” a ballet filled with romance and comedy, tells the tale of an eccentric Doll Maker, Dr. Coppélius, and his dream of bringing a beloved doll to life. The Hawkins Classical and Contemporary Ballet Company performs this story of love and enchantment with delightful music, colorful costumes and beautiful dancers. The amount of hours going […]

‘Mamma Mia!’ visits Harris Center

More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make “Mamma Mia!” the ultimate feel-good show. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, is […]

Free trees to Arbor Day members

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from California who joins the Foundation in February 2015 will receive 10 free eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds […]

Sacramento museums offer special pricing

With nearly 25 museums and local destinations participating, the 2015 Sacramento Museum Day is proudly presented by Bank of America and Sacramento Covered. To the delight of the greater Sacramento region, the participating local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 during the 17th annual event. Most […]

Author relates a personal experience

Book: “The Red Road” Author: Jenni Wiltz Publisher: Decanter Press, 2015, 357 pages, e-book and paperback versions Emma has a loving family, two good friends and a lot of homework. As an honor student grooming herself to go to college, her focus is on her classes, her homework and studying — until something terrible happens […]

At a glance: Holy guacamole

Football and food fans have Super Bowl Sunday circled on their calendars and are getting ready to have a great day. Super Bowl XLIX is a big sporting event but according to Taste of Home — America’s largest cooking magazine — Super Bowl Sunday is only second to Thanksgiving for food consumption. On Feb. 1, […]

Auto shop hosts event for women

Autotronics, a local auto repair shop in Cameron Park, is hosting its fifth annual “Women, Wheels & Waffles,” a ladies-only event, on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m.-noon. There is a $5 donation and all donations will go to the El Dorado County Food Bank. “This is an excellent venue for moms with daughters who are […]

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance receives award

Governor Jerry Brown presented the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) with the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the state’s highest environmental honor. CSWA was recognized for its California Sustainable Winegrowing Program during a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters on Jan. 21 in Sacramento. A GEELA recipient in 2004 and […]

Tribute artist strives for perfection

What: Elvis Tribute Concert with Johnny Reno Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $13 each, two for $24 or $15 at the door Information: 530-677-2231 Johnny Reno started singing Elvis songs because he loved […]

Gold Trail students catch and learn

Gold Trail Elementary School fourth graders released 22 young Chinook salmon into the Sacramento River at Discovery Park on Saturday, Jan. 10, as a result of a month-long science class project. Students were joined by parents and science teacher Danny Lulla, who spearheaded the project for his students. “The release of the fish into the […]

Grow For It!: The Sherwood Demonstration Garden

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County, in partnership with the El Dorado County Office of Education and Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center are forging ahead to ready The Sherwood Demonstration Garden for a public grand opening later this year. The garden will showcase plants and sustainable gardening techniques appropriate to the area, […]

ALO’s Tour d’Amour IX makes 10 stops

California-born ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) is back in its home state this February for Tour d’Amour IX, the band’s annual winter tour celebrating love of music and for its many loyal fans. Tour d’Amour IX launches Thursday, Feb. 12 in Los Angeles and winds south, north, and inland, hitting 10 cities throughout the 11 show […]

Master Food Preservers: Looking for volunteers

Are you interested in joining UCCE Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County? Master Food Preservers is hosting a pre-orientation meeting Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Bethell–Delfino Agriculture Building, 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. The program will cover in depth what you would do as a certified MFP, what the classes consist of and […]

Snowline Hospice Hosts Hot Cocoa Bar

Snowline Hospice, an area leader in hospice and palliative care, needs more volunteers. The organization is inviting the community to an open house event for those interested in learning more. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Snowline Hospice’s Clinical Services Building, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. Following […]

Spirituality and Aging series to start

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills, is presenting a series on Spirituality and Aging on Wednesday evenings, Feb 18-March 25. In Joan Chittister’s book “The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully” she writes, “We’re ‘old’ — translate ‘useless,’ translate ‘unwanted,’ translate ‘out of place,’ translate ‘incompetent.’ We are the over-the-hill gang, our birthday cards say. […]

State Fair announces new competition

The California State Fair is expanding its commercial competitions for 2015 to include a competition for extra virgin olive oil. Of all the olive oil produced in the United States, California produces 99 percent and the California State Fair is seeking to find the best from California. Extra virgin olive oils in more than 15 […]

Free After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club 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 After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Women’s luncheon

At the Monday, Feb. 9 El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection, Winterhill Farms will share the perfect olive oil. Enjoy tasting olive oil blends and getting cooking information. As a member of the California Olive Oil Council, Winterhill’s olive oils are guaranteed the very highest quality providing higher antioxidants and stability with wonderful taste and aroma. The […]

Feist Wines presents Willie Watson in concert

Feist Wines, 11200 Bell Road in Plymouth, presents Willie Watson in concert on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. This small lot, artisan winery turns out award-winning wines and stellar music shows. Watson, formerly of Old Crowe Medicine Show, will grace the small stage at Feist which is made of pallets from the winery. He is […]

Hands4Hope’s Winter Boutique a success

This past October, El Dorado County elementary schools including Silva Valley, William Brooks, Lakeview, Oak Meadow, Green Valley and Phoenix Private School in Folsom participated in the Hands4Hope Warm & Fuzzy Drive, encouraging students to donate warm necessities like clothing, shoes, socks, pajamas, coats, scarves and hats. Combined, this community contributed more than 4,000 pieces […]

Imagination Theater audition workshop

Imagination Theater announces a free audition workshop on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The morning session from 9 a.m.-noon is for youth, ages 8-17 and the afternoon session from 1-3 p.m. is for adults. The workshop includes audition skills, stage etiquette, preparing […]

My Time support group meeting on Feb. 6

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 Michelson, […]

Rescue district registration information

Rescue Union School District welcomes regular kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, new student registration and transfer requests for the 2015-16 school year. Registration will begin on Feb. 9. Enrollment packets and transfer request forms will be available to parents at all school sites beginning Monday, Jan. 26. Students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. […]

Food bank’s mobile food pantry to distribute food

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of Placerville with its mobile food pantry on Friday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. If you are struggling to make ends meet, live […]

Bipolar Insights: New year resolution

Jan. 5 is Bipolar Insights second class of the new year. Although I love the holidays, it feels wonderful to be looking out at the many chairs before me as I am preparing for class; it feels familiar. As I write on the white board, I hear the door open behind me and the footsteps […]

Foothill gourmet: Super subs

Game day is approaching, so ideas for party subs could be just the recipe you need. Use a large (22-25-inch) loaf of bread for these subs. First hollow out the bread inside to make room for the fillings, similar to my recent recipe for stuffed French bread. Depending on how you slice the finished sub […]

Positive things happen at West Slope Recovery

An anonymous donor has graciously provided enough funding for two men to take advantage of a new live-in substance abuse recovery program in Placerville. West Slope Recovery officials said a $5,000 donation will enable them to take two new residents into the Coloma Street facility, where they will receive residential care and education to help […]

As we were: Chamber news

25 Years ago Jan. 26, 1990 Chamber installs new officers, presents annual awards Jim Barber assumed the duties of president of the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Jan. 18 at the annual awards and installation dinner. The new president hopes to see business development in the area that will bring a long-term investment to the […]

Things to do: Jan. 23, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Deena Reyes, who creates extraordinary works of design and color using colored pencil and ink. Her fanciful original abstracts began as visualizations of pain as therapy for a back problem and developed into intriguing designs. Soroush Mostafanejad photographer is also featured. […]

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