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 […]

Food Bank to benefit from Valhalla Renaissance Faire

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Food Bank of El Dorado County is partnering with one of South Lake Tahoe’s most popular annual attractions — the 19th annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire . The annual fair presents themed events where the sights, sounds, tastes and the beauty of the 16th Century comes alive with the return of […]

Benefit barbecue for Robin Elliot

On Saturday, June 4, friends of Robin Elliot are hosting a barbecue lunch and prizes benefit. The event is to help ease some of the mounting medical bills Elliot has incurred since she suffered two heart attacks during the month of May. The fundraiser for the El Dorado County life-long resident will be at the Rusty […]

Artist Dodrill opens show at Pop Art

Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is hosting a new art show this month with featured artist Marjorie Dodrill. Her work is showing through June 30. The Placerville artist’s works include watercolor horse, acrylic beach scenes, Yosemite and local historical spots in Coloma. The natural light in the gallery provides […]

Jay Woody at WineSmith

Jay Woody is playing at the WineSmith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 4. Singer and songwriter Jay Woody (James Woodward) has a rich background as an El Dorado County entertainer. In 1974 he was performing as a solo artist in South Lake Tahoe before moving to Pollock Pines and joining the Gold Mountain […]

Rumpshacker rocks at the Market

The Rumpshaker Blues Band opens the Market Summer Concert Series Friday, June 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. Headquartered in Rocklin, Rumpshaker has played gigs across the foothills and will rock everyone’s socks off.  High energy and a solid grounding in the blues classics are trademarks of the group. The audience will hear influences from […]

Stepping out: It is always nice to be the bearer of gifts

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!” — Albert Einstein Bearing gifts A couple of weeks ago we had a party at my daughter’s house in Fair Oaks honoring the family’s May birthdays, which is most of the family. My son Steve’s birthday is May 22 while his son James was born […]

Weekend with the winemakers in Fair Play

Join the family wineries of Fair Play for a weekend with the winemakers on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy wine tasting, gourmet fare, educational demonstrations, entertainment, wine specials, and many more features during this two-day event. In addition to access to all of the festivities, participants […]

Coloma Blues Live! rocks into sixth year

What: Coloma Blues Live! Who: El Dorado Arts Council Where: On the river in Lotus at Henningsen-Lotus Park When: June 4, gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at 11 a.m. Cost: Adult tickets $45 in advance, $55 at the gate, children 7 – 12 $10, children under 7 free Parking: $5 – shuttle from fire house […]

“Santo Cielo!” (Good heavens) Sogno Winery is now Cielo Estates

  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 estate which hold the distinction of being the Sacramento […]

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At a glance: Wine, fun and song

It will be a busy time in El Dorado County and here are a few things to do. Greg at Powell’s Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St., is a super place to hear some great music and on Thursday, June 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. Greg Costa is singing covers and originals. […]

Steeplechase presents problem in the park

Students from El Dorado, Golden Sierra, Oak Ridge, Ponderosa and Union Mine high schools tackled 10 problems during the 27th annual El Dorado County Math Steeplechase. The winners of the competition held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma were: ninth grade — first Ponderosa High School, 837 points; and second place, Oak […]

On the spot: Steve Crandell

Age: 65 Residence: Placerville Hometown: York, Maine Occupation: Owner, Historic Images Restoration Hobby: Historical photos Favorite movie: Clint Eastwood pictures Favorite book: Anything by John Steinbeck Favorite vacation spot: Bahamas Something no one knows about you: “I ran a halfway house for Vietnam veterans in Alameda.” Best quality: Helping people  

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Grow for it! How much water

One of the most important gardening principles is knowing how to properly water plants. Plants will die or fail to thrive from both too much and too little water. Determining the right amount of water is not easy and is a mark of a gardener’s accomplishment. The amount will change depending upon the temperature, humidity, […]

As we were: Big concert for Marshall Foundation

25 Years ago June 2, 1986 Reba McEntire, John Schneider Rodeo, concert this month The fastest growing rodeo in the west is returning to Placerville Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21. Friday night, June 20, has been declared “El Dorado County Night” and action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the “rodeo arena” at […]

Have wheels, will travel

Bumper to bumper traffic, jockeying for a parking space and finding they’ve run out of something by the time you arrive — a familiar experience for American commuters, including those who traveled overland to California by covered wagon. Pioneer wagons shared the road, and the resources of the trail, with freight wagons, stage coaches, mail wagons, […]

Dr. Martin Welsh documentary to debut at Three Stages

“How can you live life to its fullest, right up to the end? ” It’s a fact: 80 percent of us say that when our time comes, we would prefer to die at home surrounded by those we love — not in a healthcare facility. In reality, 75 percent of us will actually die in a […]

Young Life to hold annual garage sale

El Dorado County Young Life will be holding its ninth annual garage sale to benefit kids on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Green Valley Road. All proceeds will benefit Young Life’s efforts to reach kids across El Dorado County. […]

National Merit Scholarship winners named

National Merit $2,500 Scholarships winners were announced by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Chaaru A. Dingankar from Oak Ridge High School is a 2011 National Merit Scholarship winner. His probable career […]

Aubrey Hutchenson to attend summer conference

Aubrey Hutcheson, Ponderosa High School class of 2013, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC), on Journalism and Mass Communication this summer at UC Berkeley. During the conference, Aubrey will attend specialized workshops and classes designed to develop the skills and traits that define a leader. Leading professionals and professors […]

History comes alive at Gold Oak

While schools face budget cut backs, loosing programs such as P.E., arts and music, Gold Oak School’s Living History Day promotes all these and more. Gold Oak School gears up for its annual Living History Day, and thanks to the school’s PTA, each grade gets to create its own art project in class that can […]

Foothill dining: Celebrate summer with tasty barbecue

A great way to impress guests or family at a backyard barbecue is with these two new recipes from McCormick. These easy-to-follow recipes will be sure to steal the show all summer long. Celebrate America with brewpub burgers and caramelized chipotle onions. Backyard Brew Marinade and beer will add unmistakable flavor and moistness to burgers. This […]

Highway 50 is open for Memorial Day and more

Highway 50 over Echo Summit will be open with no controls every weekend, including Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. The construction project to replace a rock wall barrier has reached the point providing one-way, alternating-lane controlled access weekdays for up to six weeks. “Everything’s a go for summer, especially with the warmer weather,” said Carol Chaplin, […]

Rising comedian headlines Comedy Showcase

The next Comedy Showcase at Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House features rising comedian, Kellen Erskin. Erskine is appearing Wednesday, June 1. Erskine is a past finalist at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He plays in comedy clubs, country clubs and colleges around the country. He was selected by Eddie Brill (talent coordinator of […]

Hot Gypsy jazz at Zia’s

Jazz Gitan is back at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. The jazz ensemble carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during the Paris jazz scene during the 1930s and ’40s, plus a cross-section of songs from the modern Gypsy […]

Air Force Airman Brandon T. Daugherty (Photo)

Air Force Airman Brandon T. Daugherty graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an […]

Seaman Anthony LaSarte

Anthony LaSarte,Seaman Recruit, E-1, graduated from the Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. on March 25. Basic training included weapons training, fire-fighting, shipboard damage control, basic seamanship, physical fitness and Battle Stations—a 12 hour simulation of an attack on a ship. He graduates from Machinist Mate Apprentice School in June and is assigned […]

Wine and more in Fair Play

This year Skinner Vineyards and Winery will be one of the three new wineries participating in the 27th annual Fair Play Wine Festival that takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, from 11 until 5, each day. A total of 18 Fair Play wineries will participate. The other new wineries are Mellowood […]

Carly Jo Wake and Michael Bordges engaged

The parents of Carly Jo Wake of Placerville and Michael Patrick Bordges of Shingle Springs are pleased to announce their  engagement to be married. Carly is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Wake of Placerville, the grandaughter of Ivil and Mary Wake and Joe and Nicki Iturreria and the great-granddaughter of Shirley Alvine. She is […]

Anne Truka and Wilson Boyd Mello to marry

Anne Truka of Placerville and Boyd Mello, also of Placerville, have announced their intention to marry. The bride to be  is the daughter of Charlene New of Rescue and Gil Phillips of Sedona. She is a 1993 graduate of Ponderosa High School and is currently a student at Folsom Lake and American River colleges, majoring […]

Stepping out: The Brick Oven Pub has a lot going on

“There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.” — Louis Diat (1885-1957) Brick Oven Pub Last week I got word that the Brick Oven Pub, which is located at 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, next to where the old movie theaters were (now Napa Auto Parts) has some new things going on. […]

Zenda Marie performs at the Cozmic Café

Zenda Marie, a folk duet from Los Angeles, will be performing at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, May 27. Galen and Kelsie joined voices in January 2011 and have an album ready to be released in early June. They have been playing around L.A. at venues like laBrie’s and SAPC […]

New vines grow after finding family roots

It was 1842 and James Skinner, his wife Jessie and his oldest son, James Jr., stepped off a boat into the United States. Thirty years old at the time, Skinner had been born in the Scottish town of Kettle in the county of Fife. His education had been interrupted when he was 11, so that […]

The Cars rev it up in Bay Area pit stop

OAKLAND — Fans of the The Cars might forgive them for getting, at first, the exact location of last Friday’s performance wrong — they were in Oakland not San Francisco — and might, after a 25-year wait for the band’s return, overlook the fact they appeared a tad late on stage. Because, when the first chords to “Let […]

Virginia Truckee Railroad season begins

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad’s 2011 season begins May 28, with round trip and one-way excursions along the historic 14-mile Comstock route between Carson City and Virginia City. Tickets are currently on sale with rides departing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nevada Day, Oct. 30 providing a journey through time on the V&T’s vintage steam […]

At a glance: Good weather makes for good times

It is sure nice to have the sun out and there are a bunch of fun things to do. Everyone is happy to be out of hibernation and out enjoying beautiful El Dorado County. Mixer time A really great place to spend time is the wonderful Bass Lake Golf Course, 3000 Alexandrite Drive in Rescue […]

Soroptimist boutique is a success

Soroptimist International of Placerville held its fourth annual Prom Boutique in April. The boutique is a dress give-away that helps high school girls with the high cost of attending the prom. Once again the community generously donated dresses, shoes, accessories, manicures, hair styling, flowers and funds for this fun event. The Soroptimists created a beautiful […]

As we were: Truckers are asked to slow down and keep it quiet

25 Years ago May 26, 1986 Mayor asks truckers to drive quietly Placerville Mayor Carl Borelli has initiated a campaign to educate logging truck drivers about the noise made by their jake brakes that disturbs city residents along Highway 49 and Coloma Street. … With the beginning of early morning runs between Georgetown and Michigan-California […]

Grow for it! Using edibles in the landscape

When most gardeners consider planting areas, they designate each for a specific purpose. Roses may highlight one bed, perennials another. A rock garden with succulents mixed in or a butterfly garden with nectar-related plants can define other spaces. Even within this kind of structure, though, there is room for edibles in the decorative landscape. Consider […]

Cornish bring mining technology to gold fields

Every year since its founding in 1991, the California Cornish Cousins has an annual gathering to celebrate the group’s Cornish heritage. In the past few years the cousins have gathered at Grass Valley, Sonora and Soulsbyville, Nevada City and Paso Robles. This year’s gathering will be from June 3 to June 5, at the Placerville […]

Caregiver support group to meet

The next meeting of “My Time,” a gathering for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, stroke or other chronic health condition, is Friday, June 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. in Placerville. This group is facilitated by Ruth Michelson, a licensed marriage […]

One Way Productions presents Biblical heroine’s story

What: “From Orphan to Queen, The Story of Esther” Who: One Way Production Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: June 11, 12, 15-18 Cost: $10 to $14 Information: Purchase them at or call 916-608-6888. A devious plot and a secret identity will pull the audience into director Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson’s uplifting […]

Rescue School District to offer innovative programs

The Rescue Union School District is pleased to announce the availability of three innovative educational programs for 2011-12. These exciting learning opportunities include transitional kindergarten programs at Lakeview, Jackson and Green Valley elementary schools, a kindergarten to second grade Montessori program at Rescue Elementary School, and a kindergarten to fifth grade visual and performing arts program […]

Shooters cue up for league play

Eight ball in the corner pocket was the call of the day at the Alibi Sports Bar in Cameron Park as the top teams in the Placerville Pool league squared off in the “Team Play-off Championships.” The action took place on Saturday, May 7, starting at 10 a.m. and lasted almost 17 hours to determine the […]

Foothill gourmet: Have a sundae on Monday

Celebrate Memorial Day with cool ice cream sundaes. It’s easy and quick to prepare delicious sundae treats by using purchased ice cream accented with slices of fresh ripened berries from local fruit stands, farmers markets, or the supermarket produce section. The famers market in Placerville is already going at the Ivy House parking lot at […]