Author to speak at Newcomers lunch

At its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 15, Jennifer Ann Gordon will be entertaining Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club members at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Gordon is an author, a speaker, an entrepreneur, artist, a single mother of three glorious children and a poet. In her heart’s eye, writing is […]

NAMI to hold family education programs

The National Alliance on Mental Illness invites the public to register for the “Family to Family” educational program for family members and friends whose lives have been impacted by mental illnesses The series consists of 11 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. […]

Christian Women’s lunch in September

The public is invited to “In Renaissance Fashion,” a luncheon by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries) on Monday, Sept. 12, at noon. Cost is $16. The lunch is at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Country Club Drive in Placerville. The featured guest will be Marissa Pilgrim, from Roseville. She will […]

Another big win at the State Fair

Nello Olivo wines, in just their second year of competing, are winning major awards again, including another big win at this year’s California State Fair. Last year, judges named Nello Olivo’s Sangiovese ‘07  “Best Sangiovese of California” and “Best Red of Region.” This year, the Petite Sirah ‘06 has won “Double Gold” and “Best of […]

Renny Pritikin to kick off Sac State art lectures

Renny Pritikin, director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at University of California, Davis, kicks off the “Professions of Art: A Lecture Series,” which features four guest speakers at Sacramento State. Sponsored by Sacramento State’s Art Department, Pritikin’s presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the University’s Kadema Hall […]

Book signing at Books ‘n’ Bears

Author Sonja Bartimus will be signing copies of her book “The Delightful Miss Carrie” at Books ‘n’ Bears, 6211 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug 19. In her recently released biographical novel, “The Delightful Miss Carrie,” Bartimus recounts the true-life adventures of Carrie Watson Dinsmore, born in Vallejo in 1889, […]

Grow For It! Hardscape into the landscape

Hardscape is generally defined as the permanent materials used in the landscape other than growing objects. Things like fences, paths, patios and planters are broad categories of hardscape. Just as with plant materials, the choices, costs and options are limitless today, but a few basic principles still apply. Style and scale play important roles in […]

Master Food Preservers: Save the strawberries

Plump, juicy, red, ripe strawberries pop up at every roadside intersection to tempt passersby with tasty spring goodness. Who can resist stopping to buy a basket or three? With such an abundance of the delicious fruit available at this time of the year, smart consumers will find many ways to preserve the scrumptious berries. Keep […]

Georgetown Rotary donates funds

The Georgetown Divide Rotary Club, in its ongoing dedication to support the students of the Georgetown area, has donated $2,000 to the newly-formed Divide Schools Music Program, a local group dedicated to keeping music education in the schools of the Georgetown Divide. In 2006, Georgetown Rotary President Bob Pope initiated a music scholarship program and […]

Time to volunteer for the Sierra river cleanup

Online registration is now available for the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, taking place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, along rivers, lakes and streams throughout the Sierra Nevada, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) announced today. “This is a great opportunity to be good stewards of the region of the state that […]

As we were: Financing for Gold Hill intertie is set

25 Years ago Aug. 20, 1986 EID bonds rated AAA By KURT DAVIS The El Dorado Irrigation District is preparing to sell about $8 million in tax-exempt “certificates of participation” as the final step in financiing construction of the long-proposed Gold Hill intertie. The Deer Creek sewer treatment facility will also be expanded with a […]

At a glance: Perfect evenings are great for socializing

Cat Nights begin on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Whether this is just a nice time for cats to go out and make noise or if it is when witches turn into cats and then go prowling around — it is a lovely time to spend evenings outside. Pizza on the patio To take advantage of the […]

Threads of Life provide comfort and care

What: Threads of Life Quilt and Fine Art Charity Auction Who: Threads of Life Where: Davies Family Inn/Shadowridge Ranch, located at 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville When: Saturday, Aug. 20, 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 Information: 530-622-1121 A stitch here, and a patch there, and the end result is the third Threads of Life Quilt and Fine […]

EDHS alums award scholarships

The El Dorado High School Alumni Association awarded seven scholarships of $2,000 each. Included in these scholarships was the Dola Albusche award. Dola Albusche is a 1946 graduate of E1 Dorado. Winners were: Linnea Lomax and Rachel Carpender of El Dorado High School; Brittiny Harris, Jessica Parlin, Brooke Sindel and Kimberly Sly of Ponderosa High […]

Food co-op plans locavore dinner

The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op plans its Second Annual Fundraiser and Locavore Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Mother Lode Drive. The fundraiser will help the co-op achieve its financial goal to open at the Noah’s Ark Natural Foods site on Placerville Drive later this year. […]

Food Bank announces farmers market in Tahoe

The Food Bank of El Dorado County, in partnership with California Emergency FoodLink will provide its first free farmers market of the season on Friday, Aug. 19, in South Lake Tahoe. This event take place at Saint Theresa’s Bread and Broth at 1041 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe. The free farmers market that will provide […]

Help in planning the perfect wedding

What: Gold Country Bridal Fair Who: GoldCountryWeddings.Net Where: Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St. in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: Chad Stalzer at 530-305-3033 Are you or someone you know planning a wedding? It will be an exciting time and maybe a little overwhelming. Dresses to […]

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Heavenly news: Neptune in opposition

For lovers of astronomy in the Foothills, it doesn’t get much better than summer here. The nights get longer and warmer. The spring rains are over, leaving a stunning backdrop of celestial gems to admire and explore. And this summer there is a special visitor making an appearance. Neptune is currently making its transit through Aquarius. As a […]

Master Food Preservers: Low sugar canning

Most novice home food preservationists react with surprise to the amount of sugar usually called for in a recipe for jams or jellies. Sugar helps to keep the color, shape and texture of fruit and acts to help preserve fruit spreads. Most recipes call for sugar because of the improved taste imparted by the sweetener, […]

EDH Firefighters’ Association presents annual event

The 39th annual Wine Cheese and Brew Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. on the property at El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Serrano Parkway in El Dorado Hills. The event is presented by the El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association. The event features wine and microbrew tasting, light food from local […]

Sac State theater plans fall seasons

Sacramento State’s young actors and dancers are already at work on plays, musicals and dance concerts as the University’s theater and dance department gets ready for Fall 2011. The season kicks off with “Dance House,” a riveting mix of dance works and styles designed to inspire. The concert, which runs at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7-8, […]

Sacramento Choral seeks tenors and sopranos

Would you like to sing Sir William Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast,” Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” great Cathedral classics, along with a spectacular Christmas concert? The Sacramento Choral Society and Music Director Donald Kendrick are currently holding membership auditions for tenors and sopranos only for the 2011-12 concert season. If you are an experienced choral singer with good […]

Mondavi Center tickets on sale

DAVIS — Single tickets for the 2011-12 season at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 12. Tickets are available from the Mondavi Center Ticket Office at 530-754-2787 and MondaviArts.org. The Mondavi Center’s 10th season runs from Sept. 21, to […]

EDMT announces auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ aud

El Dorado Musical Theater will audition for “Beauty and the Beast” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m. Auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 4. On a cold winter night, an old beggar woman comes upon a glorious castle […]

New tasting room opens

A  new tasting room joins the complex at 3500 Carson Road. On Saturday, Aug. 13, diVittorio Winery is inviting the public to come to the grand opening of its new tasting room in the Camino Wine Plaza. The tasting room opens at 11 a.m. and the event, complete with tasty food parings, goes into the evening. […]

A night of song at the Cozmic Café

Hickory Wind and Wicked Sisters will be appearing in concert Friday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The Wicked Sisters will perform at 7 p.m. with a mix of acoustic, rock, folk, country and blues in sweet three-part harmonies. The group plays both originals and […]

Jane Stipovich to show art on the Divide

Art on the Divide Cooperative gallery is showcasing the work of Jane Stipovich during the month of August. The gallery artists invite the public to a reception on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist, enjoy some refreshments and browse the gallery. The artist came to the Georgetown Divide in 1990 […]

Flower power provides seeds for hope

Nancy Siegler started planting sunflowers a few years ago after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The 15 or so plants helped her get through some very scary times. Twelve months ago Siegler planted 300 sunflower seeds. Three of the plants rose to 16-feet tall. “They’re magical. They make me feel good and give me inner […]

Public defender to read from ‘Foresthill Tales’

Come and meet David Brooks, El Dorado County Public Defender, Saturday evening, Aug. 13, from 4 to 5 at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville. He will be reading short stories from his newly published “Foresthill Tales: A Public Defender’s Bedtime Stories.” For more than 20 years Brooks has defended the […]

Stepping out: Trip reveals many good food discoveries

“You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame …”  — Thomas Wolfe, “You Can’t Go Home Again” Los Angeles A couple of weeks ago a friend invited me to ride with him to the Los Angeles area and […]

Lt. Colonel Lauralee Flannery

Lauralee Flannery has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Flannery, a public affairs officer with 22 years of military service, is assigned to the U.S. European Command at Stuttgart, Germany. She is the daughter of Clifford and Janet Flannery of  Placerville. The lieutenant colonel graduated in 1980 from El […]

Michele Taylor and Dallas Martell wed

Michele Nicole Taylor of Rescue and Dallas Earl Martell of Folsom were married in the Sacramento LDS Temple on Saturday, June 25. The bride is the daughter of Nigel and Pamela Taylor of Rescue. She graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2010 and from cosmetology school in 2011. She is currently a hair stylist at […]

Sixty one years of love for the Boswells

Betty (Batemon) Boswell lost her wedding and engagement rings while playing baseball, but she never lost her husband Herman’s love. The couple is celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary on Aug.12 at their daughter Victoria’s Somerset home. They met when Betty was living with her uncle in Clovis. The uncle had a plumbing problem and called […]

Tower of Power keeps party going

Tower of Power brings its high energy show back to the Radisson Hotel Grove for the 18th semi-annual “Bump City Dance Party” Friday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Best known for hits like “Down to the Nightclub,” “What is Hip?” and “You’re Still A Young Man,” Tower of Power’s performances have been bringing excited crowds […]

Flavor! Napa Valley tickets on sale

NAPA VALLEY — Tickets for Flavor! Napa Valley are on sale offering a stellar lineup of chefs, vintners and sommeliers presiding over dinners, seminars and tastings throughout the inaugural four-day festival, being held Nov. 17 – 20, in the Napa Valley. With a wide variety of incredible gastronomic events situated at founding sponsor Silverado Resort […]

Fair Oaks theater season continues

The Fair Oaks Theatre Festival and American River College Theatre are offering theatre-under-the-stars musicals that range from delightfully wholesome to hilariously naughty. The season will continue with “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a PG-13-rated musical The New Yorker described as “More fun than a chair throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music.” “Trailer […]

Placer art winners are announced

AUBURN — The Placer Artists League announced the winners of its 2011 Open Juried Art Show fine arts competition and exhibition. Housed at Lincoln Arts Gallery in Lincoln, the annual competition drew artists from all over Placer County from Granite Bay and Roseville to Auburn, Cool and Colfax. The competition was judged by Margo Schulzke, PSA, […]

Sac State Theater is planning Christmas now

If you’re a singer or dancer in the Sacramento region, it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas. Sacramento State’s Theatre and Dance Department will present “A Broadway Christmas” Dec. 7-11 and is looking for entertainers from throughout the community to help present this holiday extravaganza. Director and professor Ed Brazo describes the production […]

Frampton anniversary tour rocks Thunder Valley’s outdoor amphitheater

LINCOLN – If you liked rock and roll back in the 1970s, chances were you wore out “Frampton Comes Alive,” the fourth biggest selling live album of all time, on the eight-track/cassette player or turntable. If you wanted to relive that feeling, the place to be last weekend was the Thunder Valley Resort-Casino where Frampton played […]

It takes a family to grow a winery

On May 1 of this year Lava Cap Winery celebrated its 25th anniversary. One of El Dorado County’s early premium wineries, it was the dream of David Jones, a highly respected geologist, who passed away just a few years ago. It started out as and still is a family operation with son Tom Jones now […]

At a glance: Plenty of things to see and do

On this date, Aug. 10, in 1821 Missouri became the 24th state. The “show me” state has all kinds of neat things to see and do, and so does El Dorado County. Tea time The Friends of Old Hangtown organize a really great event that honors the pioneers of early El Dorado County. This year […]

Soroptimist International of Cameron Park awards grantsd winners

Soroptimist International of Cameron Park presented its annual Grant Awards Night at Sierra Vista Bank in Cameron Park. The recipients of this year’s grants are Partners in Care, Court Appointed Special Advocates for upgraded software, The McKinney-Vento Girl’s Empowerment Project of the Placerville Union School District, Ponderosa Sober Grad Night, Buckeye Education Foundation, New Morning […]

There are surprises in store at the library

It’s not the place where the library police hang out and stern-faced women with hairnets shush you for laughing. If your last visit to a library was in high school, you’re in for some surprises because El Dorado County libraries aren’t just storage facilities for books. Surprise No. 1 The  doors may be locked, but […]

As we were: Japanese visit El Dorado County

25 Years ago Aug. 8, 1986 People-to-people chapter hosts Japanese visitors By Ursula Smith Strange music drifted across the hills in the Gold Hill area Sunday morning — a Japanese lullaby sung by some 40 visitors from Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan, giving homage to a Japanese woman who is buried just above Gold Trail School. Okei […]

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Grow For It! Attracting native pollinators to the garden

What is vital for producing fruits, vegetables and nuts? Plants like apples, squashes and almonds need animal pollinators like birds, bats, bees and other insects. Without the help of pollinators to promote fertilization in plants, there would not be an abundant production of plant fruits and seeds normally seen. Pollinators are not only critical for […]