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As we were: Water woes

25 Years ago March 30, 1990 Maps on hold due to moratorium By URSULA ROSE “Until they take the moratorium off or find a way to resolve it, your tentative map is in suspense. I hate to tell you that, but I can’t read it any other way,” said Supervisor Jack Sweeney. Supervisors have already […]

FoodCorps supporters wanted

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and Gardens to Grow In are seeking a FoodCorps service member to work in Calaveras and El Dorado counties to run a high school farm program, increase the marketing and procurement of local produce for the school cafeteria and assist two schools in developing sustainable school garden programs. Next […]

Haute cuisine comes home

It’s not that she’s a great cook — which she is — or that she’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet — and she is — or that she goes out of her way to make sure her clients are happy — which she does. But put it all together and you’ve got […]

Lois Payne: Do you smile when you drive?

Have you ever looked at the expressions on the faces of people when they are driving? I do that just for fun. However, it isn’t always fun. Simultaneously humorous and jarring, most expressions are mug shot-worthy. Some are downright scowls. Now, as I am driving I catch myself. I hadn’t noticed that I was frowning […]

Foothill dining: Simple seafood recipes for Lent

For those finding the recipe repertoire growing stale as the weeks of Lent pass by, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new seafood recipes families will love. In fact, there may be new dishes to serve all year long. Seafood makes a delicious centerpiece of any meal and preparing seafood can actually be quite […]

Celio to cultivate a happy career

An old Chinese proverb says: “If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a week, get married. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, plant a garden.” Planning for lifelong happiness is Tracy Celio, 42, who was recently hired as the new Master Gardener […]

Things to do: March 27, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 5, is featuring the lovely oil and acrylic paintings of Lori Anderson. Her vibrant and colorful pastoral scenes and still life themes are rich in color, light and brush strokes. Also featured are the dramatic large acrylic abstract paintings of Randy Honerlah and […]

Hilarity is nonstop in ‘Spamalot’

What: “Spamalot” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: March 27 through April 26, times vary Cost: Tickets $12 to $15 Information: imaginationtheater.net or 530-642-0404 For its 50th production as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty […]

Light-amber liquid is golden

There’s a pretty slick little operation right up the hill east of Placerville, an olive oil ranch that keeps pouring awards into its owners’ hands. Ron and Judy Sbragia have been harvesting and milling olives grown at their Collina di Mela, just past Boeger Winery on Carson Road, for six years now. And each year, […]

‘The Whipping Man’ plays at STC

Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, is presenting “The Whipping Man.” This is one of the most widely-produced new American plays of the last several seasons. The play opens on Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the […]

Celebrate spring season with Folsom Symphony

Celebrate the return of spring with a spirited concert by the Folsom Symphony. On Saturday, March 28, as the season has barely begun, the orchestra presents “Rejuvenation,” an evening of inspiring works that evoke new possibilities and rebirth. Guest artist for this performance is Sacramento violinist Igor Veligan, the concertmaster for the San Francisco Choral […]

Savor arts in April

The fifth annual Napa Valley Arts in April will launch in Yountville on Thursday, April 2 with the “Napa Valley Collects” opening reception — the Napa Valley Museum’s annual exhibit that will feature noteworthy masterpieces from some of the valley’s most exquisite private collections. This rare art exhibit is the start of a month-long, valley-wide […]

Night Ranger plays Hard Rock

Night Ranger, the ’80s rock band, takes the stage two nights in a row at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s Vinyl on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Doors open at 8 p.m. and both shows start at 9 p.m. Originally from San Francisco, Night Ranger debuted its album “Dawn Patrol” in […]

Audiences to appear magically at show

Harris Center for the Arts audiences have fallen in love with “It’s Magic!,” proven by consecutive years of sold-out performances and added performances. Now this show returns to Folsom on Sunday, March 29 with an exciting all-new lineup. “It’s Magic!” is in its 59th year; each season presenting the world’s top magic and variety performers […]

Cap Stage announces ‘Blackberry Winter’

Capital Stage’s 11th season begins to take shape with an early announcement of The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of “Blackberry Winter” by Steve Yockey. This addition to next year’s season is a new play that tells the story of a daughter doing her best to shepherd her mother through the memory loss […]

Flowers and recycled art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” gallery art show featuring a student juried show from participating El Dorado County high schools. “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” is a flower and recycled art themed exhibit, spotlighting local artists and students from […]

Pink Floyd Experience returns to Harris Center

Last year the music of Pink Floyd rocked capacity audiences at the Harris Center for the Arts with Greatest Hits and Rarities Part II. Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, this year marks the third Harris Center presentation of The Pink Floyd Experience on March 30 and 31. This year, the group has crafted a […]

InConcert presents Alessio Bax

Every so often, a young musician comes along who has everything it takes to become one of the world’s foremost performers. On Tuesday evening, March 31, InConcert Sierra presents Alessio Bax, one of the young pianists on everyone’s radar. “We’re very excited to hear this young performer, whose name is certain to appear in music […]

Priceless performance at Harris Center

The Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the electrifying true story of the one night Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley were brought together for what is now known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. The national tour of this Tony Award-winner brings […]

Sacramento series to culminate in feature film

“Midtown Blue,” a new Web series produced by The Alternative Arts Collective (TAAC), is on YouTube at bit.ly/midtownblue. “Midtown Blue” is a 12-part Web series that will culminate into a feature-length film. The series focuses on three 20-somethings — Jack, Sam and Ben — as they navigate adulthood, addictions and their own realities. Jack (Brian […]

Spring trains ready to roll at Western Railway Museum

Warming weather has wine lovers and wildflower watchers looking forward to April. Tickets are now on sale for the annual Scenic Limited and Vintage Comet trains at the Western Railway Museum. Powered completely by clean electricity, both historic trains return in April. The Scenic Limited is an hour-long ride for all ages that focuses on […]

Lauren and Lisa in concert

The Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, presents a very special house concert with Lauren Murphy and Lisa Bond on Saturday, March 28. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and showtime is 8-10 p.m. Camino resident, national touring artist and renowned songwriter Lauren Murphy has just released her new solo CD “El Dorado” centered around not only […]

Special concert at Capital Stage

Capital Stage continues its 10th Anniversary Season with a special one-night-only music concert with local and internationally acclaimed duo Misner & Smith on Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. For this very special concert at Capital Stage, Misner & Smith will be joined by Josh Yenne on pedal steel and electric guitar. Known for their […]

Foothill Foodie: An appetite for history

You can’t beat beets On a recent excursion to the fascinating Kennedy Mine down in Amador County my history-loving friends and I lunched in Sutter Creek on our way back home. Sutter Creek’s charming downtown takes you back in time — a tourist brochure even boasted it to be the best preserved Gold Rush town of the Golden […]

Dinner shows start in Diamond Springs

Enjoy monthly Friday night Dinner and a Show events at Manzanita, Table Nectar Catered Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. On March 27, the show will feature the popular dance band Late For Dinner with acoustic duo Starhushed — Sarah Gautschi and JonnyPac — opening the evening. A gourmet organic farm to […]

Pierre Bonnard exhibition features 60 works

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce “Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia,” the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition, now through May 15 at the Legion of Honor, will feature more than 60 works that span the […]

Senior peer counseling is available

Seniors, 55 and older, who are having difficulty with loneliness, grief, depression, stress, anger, and/or anxiety are encouraged to contact the Senior Peer Counselors for help. Call Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado County at 530-621-6304.  This service is professionally supervised, confidential and offered without charge. When possible a small donation can be made to […]

Time to register for Sugarloaf Stampede

On Saturday, April 18, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) will host the annual Sugarloaf Stampede 5K/10K/10Mile race benefiting the Sugarloaf Station Foundation — a nonprofit organization that grants partial scholarships to students who attend the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp during the summer. Beginning and ending at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville, enjoy […]

Give where you live campaign in April

The El Dorado Community Foundation is rallying with local nonprofits in preparation of the second countywide give local campaign, Give Where You Live 2015. This year’s one-day of giving is scheduled for Thursday, April 23. The County Office of Education is participating as a key partner, once again offering its expertise in the design and […]

Jazz diva René Marie to perform at Harris Center

René Marie — singer, actress, writer. Earth Kitt – singer, actress, writer. Now this devotion to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual and clever interpretations of songs and comes to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on March 26-28. With her incredible range of vocal ability, powerful emotional […]

Life as I know it: A fishing float trip goes awry

Placerville seemed like home to us from the very beginning. True, we were away from any of our family and friends, but we immediately began to enjoy the small town environment. We found a church home and made great friends there. Peggy and I had met the minister and his wife in another life so […]

Ranell Carpenter is up for a Sammie

It’s not surprising that the statuesque beauty with the long, blonde hair turns heads as she strolls along Main Street in Placerville. In addition to her obvious charms, Ranell Carpenter was born at Marshall Hospital and has lived here all her life. But the reason people rush out of coffee shops to stop the 25-year-old? […]

Lunafest showcases films about women issues

The medium of film is a great vehicle to bring awareness of an issue to the public. Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills, which focuses its efforts on improving the lives of women and girls, will host its third film festival on Wednesday, March 26. The Lunafest is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting […]

Grow For It: Is that fertilizer really necessary?

Spring has definitely sprung and gardeners are already being advised by newspaper articles, magazine articles, friends, etc. to get outside and fertilize their plants. However, is it really necessary to do that? Since plants “make” their own food through photosynthesis, the focus instead should be on ensuring the fertility of the soil, not the plants. […]

Not exactly strangers to great music

What: The Random Strangers concert Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m. Cost: Pre-order tickets are $10, two for $18 or at the door $12 Information: 530-677-2231 The folks who already have called in to get their tickets for the Saturday, March […]

At a glance: Time to come out of hibernation

Chipmunks are due to emerge out of hibernation now. With all the nice weather around here lately they are probably ready to come out and have some fun. The animals back east are probably deciding to stay tucked in for a little bit longer.   Spring fun With the El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival set […]

Cantare Chorale looking for new singing talent

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills invites interested singers to audition for an opportunity to develop and expand their singing talents. Join now to participate in the May performance. Mariia Pechenova joined Cantare Chorale as artistic director in 2014. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, she has lived in the U.S. since 2012. Pechenova’s background includes a master […]

Encore showing of ‘The Sacramento Picture!’ is scheduled

After an early sell-out of the March 25 premiere of “The Sacramento Picture!,” an encore showing of the film is scheduled for Thursday evening, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Sacramento History (CSH). The special showing will include a special introduction by host and co-producer Matías Bombal. Tickets to this encore presentation […]

Trees in Memory program to help reforest land

The Arbor Day organization is working with on-the-ground partners to plant 608,000 trees in California’s Tahoe National Forest through the Trees in Memory and Trees in Celebration commemorative tree planting programs. This in an effort to accelerate the development of mature forest habitat in areas that experienced moderate to very high burn severity during the 2013 […]

Volunteers get up early to make lunch

One-hundred volunteers are eagerly waiting for Thursday, April 23, so they can pop out of bed at 4 in the morning, drive to Diamond Springs and tuck into turkey, tortillas and vegetables — all to help abused and neglected children. These kind souls are hoping the public will place their orders by Friday, March 27, […]

Altan plays traditional Irish music

One of the most important groups playing traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the world stage for three decades comes to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, for one performance on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Altan’s commitment to good-natured fun is second only to its commitment to excellence […]

On the road again with ‘The Quilt Trail Project’

A beautiful hand-painted wooden art piece is now beckoning visitors to an enchanting and historic view at the Enchanted April Inn, 5950 Salmon Falls Road, Pilot Hill. The quilt block design “Gold & Silver” recalls the bygone days of the great California Gold Rush when Highway 49 was the route to the gold mines. Old […]

Libraries’ commitment to children celebrated

Legislators, El Dorado County supervisors and other community stakeholders gathered at the El Dorado County Library in El Dorado Hills on March 12 to celebrate the county library system’s dedication to early childhood education during a program that was geared toward the very audience that earned the libraries the award. State librarian Greg Lucas gave El Dorado County […]

As we were: Up, up and away

25 Years ago March 23, 1990 Supervisors call for commercial expansion of Placerville and Georgetown airports by JOHN SAMMON Airports should help pay their way. Members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted expansion of commercial enterprise opportunities at the Placerville and Georgetown airports during a joint meeting with county airport commissioners Tuesday […]

Foothill gourmet: Consider all dining preferences

Our friend Wilma and her partner Jackson recently came over for dinner. She’s vegan but he’s not. We solved the problem, by preparing a vegan meal and Dwight grilled small portions of meat to accompany the dinner for himself and Jackson. In the past, I have occasionally written articles for the column about fixing dinner […]

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