Vintage jewelry recycles treasures

EL DORADO HILLS — What started off as a hobby making “funky” earrings and jewelry with a friend five years ago has turned into an almost full-time job for Crista Dixon. “My husband was saying ‘What are you guys doing? Why are you making this stuff?’” Dixon recalled. After attending some shows at the Crocker […]

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Nature provides inspiration

EL DORADO HILLS — On the lower right-hand side of an old drafting table, purchased from a former employer, Bill Monaghan, 59, sits in his home studio. By the table is an age-old Chinese saying that reads, “First you see the hills in the painting, then you see the painting in the hills.” This saying […]

Music festival to celebrate peace with positive vibes

What: Playing 4 Peace Festival 2011 Who: Spiritual Center for Positive Living Where: 2755 Deer Valley Road, Rescue When: Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon until 8 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Children 11 years of age and under are free. Information: 530-677-2300 CAMERON PARK — Six bands and a lot of positive […]

Luncheon to feature quilts

The public is invited to “Kids Quilts,” a luncheon by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries) on Monday, Oct. 10, at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch is at noon and the cost is $16. There will be a colorful, cheerful display of children’s quilts lovingly made […]

Ohio Roadshow is coming to Placerville

If you have gold, silver, antiques or other rare collectibles lying around the house, the Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow would like to see them. The Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow is making a stop in Placerville from Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St., in search […]

Discover the perfect wedding

“Celebrate Coloma Weddings — Discover Your Treasure” will be held in six unique and beautiful wedding venues throughout the historical Coloma Valley on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. with an “ask the experts” panel discussion at Gold Hill Winery from noon to 1 p.m. Guests can begin at any of the participating […]

Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim to visit the Cozmic Café

Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim, managing director of the Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling will be in Placerville on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. He will speak on “The Eight Fold Path as a Foundation for Everyday Life.” Admission to all events is by donation and everyone is welcome. All donations will […]

At a glance: Welcome fall

This has been one of the best summers weatherwise ever for those of us in El Dorado County. Fall officially begins Friday and already there is that tinge of coolness in the air as the sun comes up. The sunlight is also moving to that fall mode and acorns are starting to drop. There will […]

Grow For It! It’s time to reduce Yellow Starthistle

Yellow Starthistle (YST) is a common invasive weed in the foothills. It thrives in the low moisture summers found in the area and can form dense infestations. Recent estimates have YST infesting 10 to 15 million acres in California. The plants have prominent yellow flowers with spines at the base. The bad news is it […]

Three Stooges Plus One wins chili cook-off

CAMERON PARK — Fifteen teams chopped, stirred and simmered chili to compete in the 2011 MORE Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show at Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Saturday, Sept. 17. It was hot as Burke Junction owners Bill and Giovanna Glasser and the staff and board of directors from Mother Lode […]

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As we were: Snow falls in September

25 Years ago Sept. 26, 1986 Snowstorm snarls summit traffic By MICHAEL RAFFETY A storm that brought “tornado watch” conditions to the Mother Lode’s southern mines region left 8 inches of snow on Echo Summit in El Dorado County by Thursday morning. The snow measured by the California Department of Transportation resulted in several brief […]

Filmmakers Challenge inspires a winning effort

Participating in the Sacramento Film and Music Festival 10X10 Filmmakers Challenge seems to have paid off for local filmmakers Joshua B. Porter and Matthew Donaldson — these two young men and their film crew walked away with several prizes in August for their short film, “Yeller.” “Yeller” won the award for “Best Overall Film,” as […]

Master Food Preservers: Conserves, butters and marmalade

If plain old jams and jellies on the morning toast just seem boring, take things up a notch and try some conserves, butters or marmalade. These combination products mix the flavors of various fruits with interesting textures and unusual spices, sometimes adding nuts, to produce a tasty treat. Though all of these products wake up […]

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Heavenly news: Uranus at opposition

Uranus may be the planet with the name most likely to generate snickers when it is spoken, but there are also some unique features about the seventh planet that make for good conversation. To help avoid embarrassment with the pronunciation, keep the emphasis on the first syllable: “YOOR-an-us.” Uranus is “at opposition” during September. When […]

Anniversary: Schussing through 50 years together

Theodore “Ted” and Cherie (Klesczyk) Dashnaw met at the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Minnesota more than 50 years ago. Ted was completing training as a physical therapist and Cherie was visiting her older sister Kay who was a student at the clinic. The couple became engaged six months later and married on Sept. 16, […]

On duty: Navy Apprentice Benjamin E. Lowry

United States Navy Private Seaman Benjamin E. Lowry graduated from U.S. Naval boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. The seaman successfully completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Naval core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Upon completion of basic training, Private Seaman […]

Anniversary: 60 years of marriage an education in life

On Sept. 8, Lt.Col. James William Duke and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Olsen) Duke celebrated 60 years of wedded happiness. The two met as students in the spring of 1950 at the Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Center at Louisiana State University.  On Sept. 7, 1951 James graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris […]

Motivational seminar at Pollock Pines Community Church

“Discover a Fresh Encounter with God”, a worship based prayer seminar, will be held at Pollock Pines Community Church, Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Led by author Daniel Henderson, president and founder of Strategic Renewal, this seminar is designed to motivate and ignite participants with a fresh infusion of spiritual vibrancy […]

Union Mine jazz is on the menu

Union Mine High School Music Boosters are excited to announce a new fundraiser this fall. The Cosmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, will be the perfect venue for a barbecue tri-tip dinner with baked potato, salads, and rolls and a vegetarian menu with barbecue portobello mushrooms. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at […]

Tour artists’ studios in Amador

The Amador County Artist Association will be sponsoring the Artists Open Studio Tour to give the community an opportunity to discover the talented artists of Amador County in their own working environments. The Studio Tour will feature 26 artists at 13 locations. Some artists have grouped together to provide a variety of styles and media […]

Pablo Cruise headlines Loomis fest

Loomis will embrace the new future of a digital economy expo and one of the top 1970s rock bands. The Content Creation and Distribution Expo is part film and music festival. It includes a technology trade show, marketing conference and concert series all in one unique venue The even is taking place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17 […]

STOMP comes to Three Stages

FOLSOM — STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Three Stages premiere on Oct. 7-9. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international phenomenon over the past 13 years, having performed in over 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide. The young performers “make a rhythm out of anything […]

Wine dinner celebrates the season

September ushers in wine harvest season when, after months of nurturing the vine, wine growers gather the fruit. The public is invited to Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House on Friday, Sept. 23 for a wonderfully earth friendly wine dinner. Chateau Davell is one of the only wineries in El Dorado County to practice exclusively […]

A day of antiquing in Folsom

Antiques enthusiasts from throughout California, Nevada and Oregon look forward to Folsom’s 44th annual Antique Peddlers’ Fair, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18, rain or shine. The Historic District of Folsom, built in the 1850s during California’s Gold Rush, continues to enchant travelers and locals alike with its unique charm. “After a year-and-a-half […]

Imagination Theater to hold auditions for ‘Camelot’

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce auditions for “Camelot.” Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All parts are open and audition requirements are: must be 17 or older, (exception a boy 10 to 14), sing a song with sheet music or a music CD (no a cappella), cold […]

Stepping out: Bricks serves yummy big and little eats

“Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?” — Author unknown Bricks Eats and Drinks A couple of weeks ago I had a lunch meeting in Placerville and, by chance, we ended up at Bricks Eats and Drinks, which is located at 482 Main St. in Placerville. Although it has been open for about six months, this was […]

See the wild side at River City Bank

Laurie Edwards’ interest in photography began at an early age when she took her initial photography class from Roy Malone at Gold Trail Elementary School. At that time, she made her first camera and learned to develop film in the darkroom. Later, she expanded her technical knowledge by participating in private digital photography workshops in addition […]

James McMurtry: Not your daddy’s protest music

This year’s American River Music Festival headliner is a steely eyed chronicler of American life named James McMurtry. His characters are so penetratingly vivid that they seem to appear from his songs into our imaginations. But McMurtry’s song-scape is no magical kingdom. His stories are set in the American heartland/wasteland. His protagonists are tired and lonely; […]

Americana Music in Lotus: the American River Music Festival

What: American River Music Festival Where: Henningsen-Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus and various campgrounds and venues When: Sept. 15, 16 and 17 Cost: Walk-up tickets are available at Henningsen-Lotus Park. Adult tickets are $35, Youth 8-17 are $15, children under 8 are free Information: or 530-622-6044 The American River Music Festival, now in its fifth year, […]

Nevada artist to speak to PAA

Well known artist in the Lake Tahoe region, Pam Brekas will be demonstrating her acrylic abstract style to the Placerville Artists Association Sunday, Sept. 18. After retiring from high school teaching in California, Brekas has been teaching one day and weekend workshops in Virginia City. She is also an avid photographer and both her abstract […]

Center for Violence-free Relationships announces class

The Center for Violence-free Relationships is giving parents an opportunity to improve their relationships with their children by focusing on compassionate communication that fosters connection and a strong bond between parent and child. The center is offering the “Parenting from your Heart” eight week workshops to parents to help them build a stronger connection with […]

Donner Party hike offers new options over old trail

TRUCKEE — The Truckee Donner Land Trust recently acquired 260 acres in Summit Canyon west of Donner Lake and immediately below Donner Summit. Bisecting this property is the “Old Stock Trail.” This historic route was one of the earliest routes over Donner Pass and is part of the Dutch Flat-Donner Lake Wagon Road. Previously private […]

Audubon offers tips to help birds

During bird migrations they encounter many perils including bright lights and tall buildings, cats and toxic lawns. People can help ensure a safer journey for migrating birds. Backyards and parks, often key stopover points for many species, can become bird-friendly rest stops with a few simple steps. Audubon urges people to take the following actions: […]

Master Gardeners class to cover native plants

On Saturday, Sept. 17, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present “Native Plants” from 9 a.m. to noon. El Dorado County’s native plants support colorful, beautiful and interesting native birds, bees, and butterflies. Naturally adapted to the Mediterranean climate with cold wet winters and hot dry summers, native plants survive when other […]

Learn about goats at workshop

The Basics of Goat Husbandry — A Central Sierra University of California Cooperative Extension Small Farm Workshop is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell. This workshop is open to El Dorado, Amador Calaveras and Tuolumne County residents as well as surrounding counties. Goats […]

Master Food Preservers: Try some chutney

This week, why not go wild and try some new foods? California cuisine incorporates many ethnic tastes, and chutney, popular in India, may just be the new food that becomes an old favorite. Chutneys can be made from herbs, spices and fruits. Recipes for this sauce-like condiment vary according to regions in India, and according […]

Crafters and vendors wanted for fundraiser

Sign up early to save money on a booth for the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night community event on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last year’s crowd was treated to over 60 booths, including handmade soaps and lotions, sports memorabilia, unique hats and clothing, many types of jewelry, beautiful photographs, […]

Books ‘n’ Bears to feature ‘Bushels of Bears’

Bears enjoying a picnic at Lake Tahoe, dancing and frolicking in a flower-filled meadow, exploring a fancy log cabin and munching on bushels of juicing apples fill the pages of the delightful new children’s counting book, “Bushels of Bears.” Written by local authors Sue Hegarty and illustrated by Alice Shaw, the pair produced an earlier […]

At a glance: Stand up and sing

George Frederic Handel finished composing “Messiah” on this date in 1741. For three weeks he focused only on the task of creating this musical masterpiece. “Messiah” premiered on April 13, 1742 as a benefit to free 142 men from debtor’s prison. A year later, Handel staged it in London. The King of England attended the performance […]

Grow For It: Decorating the garden

The plants have been selected, the structures planned and the hardscape marked on the landscape design. What is next? Decorating the garden is perhaps the most fun of all. Ornamentation in the garden highlights features, entices a wandering visit to a far corner or draws the eye in. The idea is to accent the landscape […]

Robotics team is getting ready to kick bots

The El Dorado Union High School District Robotics Team, the Circuit Breakers, is gearing up for another year of the hardest fun ever with its second Free E-waste Drop-off Day Fundraiser at Raley’s, 166 Placerville Drive in Placerville on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Circuit Breakers, have partnered with CEAR […]

As we were: Southern Pacific to file abandonment request

25 Years ago Sept. 12, 1986 County to oppose rail abandonment By KURT DAVIS Southern Pacific Transportation Co. will have a fight on its hands to abandon its 35-mile railroad branch line in El Dorado County. The company is expected to file its abandonment request with the Interstate Commerce Commission in October. The county will then […]

Oktoberfest to feature costumes, contests, music, food and beer

What: Placerville Oktoberfest Who: Placerville Downtown association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, Sept.17,  3-8 p.m. Cost: Free. Souvenir glasses with first beer ticket, $7 before the event at Wine Smith, Placerville Clothing or Tony Matthews. Information: 530-672-3436 or It’s no mistake that the first Placerville Oktoberfest is on Saturday, Sept. 17, and not in October. […]

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Rib Stock is more than barbecue

Do you have a hankerin’ for some juicy barbecue? Well it’s time to rev up those taste buds as Rib Stock will once again invade El Dorado County this weekend. The grills will be hot and the action nonstop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, as the barbecue competition comes to Cameron […]

Teddies in the orchard

There will be plenty of bear sightings in Camino on Saturday, Sept. 17. Not to panic, it is the 13th annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larsen Road in Camino. The teddy bears and their keepers will have fun amongst the apple trees between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The magical day is filled […]

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