Entrepreneurial spirit

Students at Pinewood School in Pollock Pines use creativity and logic to create inventions for Thomas Edison Day. The day futures the inventors with their devices and supporting paperwork. The students also demonstrate the purpose of the invention to attentive listeners.

At a glance: Happy birthday

It is Arkansas’ birthday today. In 1836 Arkansas became the 25th state to join the Union. The state flower is the apple blossom and the state tree is the pine. Arkansas has beautiful forests and waterways making recreation a big thing. Good grilling The residents of Arkansas also like to grill and would enjoy going […]

High school district registration information

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2011–12 school year. School will start on Aug. 8. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times of your school. El Dorado and Vista High School The counseling office will be closed for summer break from June 20 […]

As we were: Art video to help Impressionists

25 Years ago June 18, 1986 Lights! Camera! Action! AM Video Productions, in conjunction with Schultz/Ellis Associates of Santa Clara, is producing an art video workshop for in-home use, with local Placerville artist Anita Wolff as the instructor. The production crew spent the better part of three days in early June filming the video classes […]

Don’t TP that tree—donate a roll instead

It’s the little things that count. Toilet paper might seem like one of those little things, but not having to purchase it can make a big difference to non-profit organizations. On June 16, United Way California Capital Region will hold its third annual United Toilet Paper Drive with the goal of collecting rolls of toilet […]

World-class talent is scheduled for community concerts

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, has been bringing world-class entertainment to the county for 60 years. The association relies on memberships to present the concerts and a limited number of memberships are still available. The association is continuing its annual membership drive through July. The El […]

Learn about the artistry of applique

The public is invited to “Unlocking the Artistry of Applique” on Tuesday, June 14, at noon at a luncheon presentation by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries). The luncheon and program is at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, and is catered by Diane Wilkinson with a new […]

Shenandoah invites community input on virtual learning

After becoming El Dorado County’s first public charter high school in 2002, Shenandoah High School, located at 6540 Koki Lane in Diamond Springs, has produced nine years of successful young leaders through its rigorous and innovative curriculum. Looking to progress even further towards a learning system that reaches all students with a range of different […]

Foothill gourmet: A great time with Alton Brown

As I promised, today’s column includes my report on the group seminar with Alton Brown at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. When on vacation, we watch him on the food network and enjoy his shows. We first saw him on “Good Eats” and later as the Food Network host for the “Iron Chef” show. Brown was […]

Classical masters festival debuts at Three Stages

The Classical Masters Music Festival is pleased to announce its inaugural festival will take place on June 10-12, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Exceptional world-class musicians are coming to the region and music-lovers are invited to enjoy an impressive three days filled with concerts, competitions, film screenings, lectures and 65 young musicians. Exciting […]

Wild West rendezvous in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The 28th annual Carson City Rendezvous, the area’s largest special event, returns June 10 – 12 to celebrate the wild west and Civil War era history. The 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s presidential inauguration is just one of many new events for the free three-day Civil War-era living history set […]

10 bands, five hours, $5, one cause

EL DORADO HILLS — Crimson Sky, a local family friendly progressive rock band, growing in statewide popularity, has teamed up with Courage to Be You Inc. (C2BU), to present Concert 4 Courage, an evening to benefit Courage to Be You Inc. The event will take place on Saturday, June 11, at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 […]

Annual race to benefit the arts

What: 13th annual Race for the Arts Where: William Land Park, Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento When: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 a.m. Anyone who enjoys theater, dance, music, art — and exercise — won’t want to miss the 13th annual “Race for the Arts” celebration of the arts and the outdoors on Aug. 27. […]

Studio art courses this Summer at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum will present more than 20 classes for children, teens and adults during the museum’s summer session of studio art and art history courses. Classes are designed for a range of skill levels and led by skilled teaching artists. Summer art experiences for children are particularly bountiful with week-long classes offered in […]

Rain date set for Jackie Greene concert

Due to unseasonably severe weather, and in the best interest of the musicians and audience members, Fairytale Town postponed the June 4, Jackie Greene concert to Sunday, June 26. “We greatly appreciate the kindness and flexibility of Jackie Greene, his band members and management, and our audience in making this decision,” said Kathy Fleming, Fairytale […]

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery celebrates first year

The public is invited to join the artists at the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery first anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 12. See the artwork, visit with the artists, and linger in the rose garden listening to the music of Kathryn Costigan, Marion Cole, Mignon Geli and Tom Gilchrist. This event is open to […]

Come to the beach party at Cameron Oaks

Grab a beach chair and umbrella and come join the fun at the Cameron Oaks Shopping Center for a Community Family Event on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event for all ages will have merchant booths, prize drawings, food, beverages, entertainment, live music and a car show. In the spirit […]

Cruise over to Christa McAuliffe Park

Cool cars, great music and perfect car show weather are on tap Saturday, June 11, for the 13th annual Foothill Cruiser Car Show. The day of fun is at Christa McAuliffe Park in Cameron Park and is free. This is a classic car and hot rod show, with some newer models as well, is free to […]

Banners fly high on Main

The sun is shining and the banners are on display again along Main Street in Placerville. The public art project “Banners on Parade 2011″  features 31 painted banners. Twenty-eight are hanging on the light poles and three are on the Bell Tower. For the seventh year the Gold Country Artists Gallery and the Placerville Downtown Association are […]

Stepping out: Papa Murphy’s pizza is a winner

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” — Dave Barry Papa Murphy’s I like pizza, especially the ones that you can cook at home. Hot from the […]

Classic country music at the Market

Bob and Shirley bring the sounds of classic country music to the stage at the Market this Friday, June 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Recent arrivals to Placerville, Bob and Shirley are quickly building a local following since moving to the area from Southern California. If you were “country when country wasn’t cool,” you’ll […]

Performance to raise money for co-op

On Friday, June 10, Alli Battaglia and The Musical Brewing Co. will be performing at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The show will start around 8 p.m. and will cost $10 at the door. The band has teamed up with the Placerville Food Co-Op in an effort to help the co-op in […]

Jeffrey Halford is feelin’ Folsom

FOLSOM — It doesn’t seem like there could be a straight line between Dallas and San Francisco any more than there could be a direct connection between being an architectural student and learning to play guitar and sing on the mean streets of Chinatown and Union Square — until you hear Jeffrey Halford and it […]

Barbecue and auction to benefit charities

The Human Concerns Global Outreach Ministry invites the public to a Benefit Barbecue and Silent Auction on Saturday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Social Center, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive, El Dorado Hills. The dinner will be a half barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans, green salad, rolls and […]

Placerville Doctor Featured in New Film

Placerville physician Dr. Martin Welsh died  in October 2010, but the way he lived during his six year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the subject of a new film,”Consider the Conversation,” making its debut at Three Stages in Folsom on Monday, June 13. Welsh practiced medicine in Placerville for 23 years, retiring in […]

Rev it up and let it ride during Hot August Nights

Classic chrome polished cars, rock ‘n’ roll and Lake Tahoe will make for a Hot August Nights to remember, Aug. 6-9 at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, the host site for one of the area’s big summer events (montbleuresort.com). The South Lake Tahoe leg of the famed Northern Nevada car show arrives at 6,225 feet […]

Alan Jackson returns to Ironstone

Alan Jackson is returning to Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys, for the Ironstone’s 2011 Concert Season. He will be in concert on Friday, Aug. 26. The organizers at Ironstone are thrilled to have this country music superstar return. His show at Ironstone in 2009 sold out in advance, and was one of the most […]

Learn to paint like the masters

Do you love realistic style paintings like the “Mona Lisa” or the works of William Bougeureau? Do you wonder how the artist can create such beautiful images? Do you prefer the section of the art museum that features the works of the Renaissance masters? Have you ever had the desire to create such beautiful works […]

Fairytale Town rounds up western entertainmentwestern june 11

Hitch up the wagon and mosey on over to Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, for its annual fundraiser, “Humpty’s Western Round-Up” on Saturday, June 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. Every good cowboy can rope a steer, but a great cowboy can delight the crowds with whirling roping tricks. Watch as trick roper, James […]

Cantare Chorale presents summer concert

Following the cancellation of Cantare Chorale’s spring concert due to a May snow storm in Pollock Pines, a new date has been set for the summer concert and “Everything is still Coming Up Roses.” This song is from the broadway play “Gypsy” written by Stephen Sondheim. To highlight this and many more show tunes, Cantare […]

Concert to benefit Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, welcomes the return of two-time Grammy Award winning artist Mary Youngblood with Sisters of the Earth and the Old West Trio on Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. Silver Wave Records says, “… Mary Youngblood has always had the talent to stand out above the crowd, and with […]

Barbera fest is Saturday, June 11

The 2011 Barbera Festival is Saturday, June 11. The festival is an outdoor wine and food event focusing on barbera wines at Cooper Ranch in Shenandoah Valley alongside celebrated barbera vines. More than 60 wineries will pour and restaurants and caterers will be offering gourmet food. There will be live music, art and artisan crafts to enjoy […]

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2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel

It was 1998 when Ford revamped its heavy duty truck line and brought us the Super Duty. A big burly truck that was meant for working and not the faint of heart. With its huge diesel it could move your entire home just by wrapping the home with an anchor chain and dragging it behind […]

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Special Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Building

All active duty personnel, military recruiters, veterans and their families, friends and the public are invited to celebrate “Flag Day” on Tuesday, June 14, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The veterans organizations of El Dorado County have purchased and installed new flag poles for the National Flag, POW-MIA, California State […]

Daylily Days at Amador Flower Farm

What: 15th Annual Daylily Days Who: Amador Flower Farm Where: Amador Flower Farm, 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth When: Saturday and Sunday, June 25, and 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 209 245-6660, amadorflowerfarm.com Why: Peak bloom at Amador Flower Farm and Nursery A weekend of bloomin’ fun is planned for Amador Flower Farm’s 15th […]

Get ready to run the El Dorado Trail

Runners, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts will take to the trails on Saturday, Oct. 8, when local nonprofit InAlliance hosts the third annual Gold Rush Fun Run and Walk fundraiser on the El Dorado Trail beginning in Placerville. Participants will weave their way through the Sierra Nevada Foothills in 10 mile, 10K, 5K and 1 mile […]

Master Food Preservers: What is a pluot?

Sometimes trying to add variety and interest to wholesome food leads to new food discoveries. The government Website, fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov, encourages families to try a vast variety of fruits and vegetables, and provides information about the food as well as recipes that taste great. The fruit of the month for June is actually two fruits; pluots […]

At a glance: Cleaning house suck!

On this date in 1869, Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patented the vacuum cleaner. This immediately started the jokes about how much it sucks to clean house.  Clean up It will be a great place to clean up on business information at the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer on Wednesday, June 8, […]

Discover heaven in Shingle Springs

There’s new wine, new grapes and new blood at the former Sogno Winery in Shingle Springs. There’s also a new name: Cielo Estates. John Quiroz of El Dorado Hills and his partners Bill Manson and Carrie Nave-Manson have taken the reins of the 41 acre winery. The new owners will introduce themselves at the grand […]

As we were: Pony Express rides again

25 Years ago June 6, 1986 Riders sworn in for reride By URSULA SMITH POLLOCK PINES — Quick now, how many states does the Pony Express traverse? … Even the least informed knows the Pony Express starts in California and ends in Missouri (and vice versa) but which are the ones in between? … The riders […]

No damp spirits at Coloma Blues Live!

COLOMA — A steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the several hundred “hard core” blues fans who attended the 2011 edition of Coloma Blues Live! on Saturday. Henningsen Lotus Park was full of umbrellas, canopies and vinyl clad characters like Muriel Flores of Sacramento, who celebrated an anniversary of sorts in Lotus Saturday. Seated […]

Kids empower other kids

Bullying has been linked with low self esteem, school violence and poor grades. Taking a giant step to combat bullying in middle schools, students from the Herbert Green Middle School SPIRIT Team partnered with students from Union Mine and Shenandoah high schools to offer “Kai Zen — Change for the better — One Action at […]

Matthew Olson is West Point bound and focused

It’s a big jump from the quiet peace of the fields along Ponderosa Roads to the cloistered, granite structures of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, but Matthew Olson is eager to join the Long Gray Line of West Point graduates like George S.Patton, Robert E. Lee and Dwight D. Eisenhower. […]

Heavenly news: The Summer Triangle

This month spring begins to wind down and the days become longer. As the evenings hopefully become warmer and more pleasant, take the opportunity to reconnect with, or perhaps meet for the first time, the Summer Triangle. An asterism shaped like an off-kilter ice cream cone, the Summer Triangle is composed of three stars in […]

The past inspires the art of the present

An ensemble of premier drummers dedicated to the American art of taiko, TAIKOPROJECT brings the celebrated tradition of Japanese percussion to Three Stage at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. “In a time when the eyes of the world have been so focused on the multiple disasters in Japan, the power of taiko […]