Learn about fall and winter vegetables

The UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class on Saturday, Aug. 6, is about “Fall and Winter Vegetables.” The class is from 9 a.m. to noon in the El Dorado County Government Center hearing room in building c, 2850 Fairlane in Placerville. Attendees will learn how to continue to harvest luscious, home-grown vegetables even after the […]

Heavenly news: Old faithfuls of the night sky — summer and fall meteor showers

Did you know that there are 11 meteor showers visible every year, each reappearing on the same unique dates? That’s right. These falling heavenly bodies are frequently called “shooting stars” or “falling stars” and always get a “wow” from night sky viewers. These are not “stars” but are composed of icy, dusty debris scattered along […]

It will be jamming at Tahoe River Ranch on Aug. 4

Renegade Productions presents Great American Taxi, one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, at River Ranch Lodge, in Tahoe City on Thursday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance. This 21 and over venue is a great place to have dinner before the show […]

Jazz it up with hot music at a cool place

Saturday, July 30, at Zia’s, 310 Main St. in Placerville, will be the place to hear hot Gypsey jazz by Jazz Gitan from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jazz Gitan is back by popular and is a jazz ensemble that carries on the tradition of Gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during their domination […]

‘Soul’ plays at Zia’s on Friday

Frankie “Soul” Rodriguez is playing at Zia’s, 310 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, July 29, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. He has been playing music in the Northern California area for 22 years and has appeared on stage opening shows for such noted acts as Tower of Power, Elvin Bishop, Robin Trower, Lydia Pense […]

Flea market to support Imagination Theater

The supporters of Imagination Theater are invited to sell or buy used items at an open air flea market parking lot junktique sale on Saturday, July 30, at Inter County Title Company at the corner of Main Street and Cedar Ravine in Placerville. Arrival for setup is from 7 to 7:30 a.m. with closing from 1 to […]

Patrice Pike celebrates CD release at the Coz

Award-winning Austin singer and songwriter Patrice Pike returns to the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. This time she has a full band in tow. Pike is touring in celebration of a new live CD recorded on tour in the Sierra foothills last year. The bonus track “Under […]

Stepping out: Summer is ‘wow’ at the Sierra Nevada House

“What you eat standing up doesn’t count.” — Beth Barnes  Sierra Nevada House summer menu Three of us had the opportunity last week to try several items from the Sierra Nevada House summer menu, along with a couple of specials they were serving that day. As far as I am concerned, since owner Howard Penn hired […]

Three Stages presents something for everyone

The first full season of Three Stages at Folsom Lake College builds on the success of the regional performing arts center’s spring productions. The $50 million arts venue opened on Feb. 11 with “A Chorus Line,” and continued with a wide variety of performances that attracted 40,000 patrons with ticket sales of more than $1 […]

Truckee presents arts and crafts

TRUCKEE — The 4th annual Historic Downtown Truckee Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates art in the outdoors Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association, this free event will give visitors the chance to meet with more than 45 award-winning artists and crafts people showcasing a wide variety of […]

Keb Mo returns to South Lake Tahoe

Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Keb Mo returns with “The Reflection” on Aug. 2. He’s performing at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Aug. 13. The highly-anticipated collection is his first studio release since his 2006 album, “Suitcase,” and also marks the first on his newly formed record label Yolabelle International in association with Ryko and […]

Silver Screen Classic Movies presents ‘The Seven Year Itch’

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the 1955 comedy “The Seven Year Itch.” Marilyn Monroe’s 23rd movie tells the story of a married man alone for the summer except for his nubile upstairs neighbor. The movie is shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Beecher Room of […]

Live comedy at Carson Valley Inn

Live Comedy returns to the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday, July 30, with headliner Dennis Blair, feature performer Lang Parker and host/MC Kenny Bob Davis. The show is in the up-close setting of the Valley Ballroom with doors opening at 7:45 p.m. and the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Show tickets are $12.50; there are […]

Summer concerts continue in EDH

Town Center Live on the Boulevard continues its series of free outdoor concerts every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 22, spotlighting a mix of musical genres at the Steven Young Amphitheater on Town Center Boulevard. “I believe this year’s concert series will grow even more, just because of the big names we’re […]

Todd Paul is back at Sequoia

Sequoia’s Comedy Showcase on Wednesday, Aug. 3, features Todd Paul. Paul is one of the most sought-after acts in comedy today. He has headlined in major comedy clubs across the country. His Vegas show “Fear and Laughing in Las Vegas” ran for a year and a half to rave reviews. His oddball act fuses hilarious […]

Walking among the haunted in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Aberrations await and spirits linger during a two-hour walking tour Aug. 20 and Sept. 24 through the historic district of Carson City. History and storytelling are the orders of the day on this tour through Victorian-style homes and neighborhoods, where reality and legend come together, leaving ghost walkers to wonder what is […]

Amador County Fair features eclectic entertainment

Where else but the Amador County Fair can people meet a Captain of the Bering Sea, a wheelwright who traveled the United States by covered wagon, or a trendy young band from LA with a name like Arrest My Sister? Fairgoers can taste fine award-winning wines with the Amador Winegrowers on Friday night, or hoist […]

Visit Placer County wineries during ‘Grape Days of Summer’

PLACER COUNTY — Placer County Vintners Association (PCVA) announces Grape Days of Summer on the Placer County Wine Trail, taking place Aug. 6 and 7, in Lincoln, Auburn and Newcastle. A “Mediterranean Sojourn” theme takes participants to seven participating wineries along the Placer County Wine Trail where Mediterranean wine, food and culture are the highlights […]

Visit the parks at EDAC book launch

There will be a “Permanent Vacation” book launch at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, July 29. The book launch is from 7 to 8 p.m. This is a chance to meet the authors, enjoy wine, treats and good company. The story offers 19 thought-provoking essays about life in the national […]

Paul Reubens brings Pee-wee to the Mondavi

DAVIS — Paul Reubens, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark television show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” will make his Mondavi Center debut on Saturday, Dec. 3. The spoken word engagement, presented as a “just added” event for the 2011-12 season, will begin at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for […]

Wild and Scenic film fest seeks entries

NEVADA CITY — The Wild and Scenic Film Festival announces its annual call for entries, open now through the submission deadline of Sept. 30. The 10th annual festival takes place January 13-15, 2012, in downtown Nevada City. The largest festival of its kind in the United States, Wild and Scenic seeks unique environmental and adventure […]

Wine, walk and shop in Truckee

TRUCKEE — The eighth annual downtown Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. This annual favorite event brings visitors to shop and stroll in historic Truckee while indulging in some of the finest vintages and varieties matched with scrumptious food samples prepared by chefs representing the […]

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At a glance: Condiments can make the meal

On this date July 27, 1900, H.J. Heinz Co. was incorporated. Thanks to the many folks at Heinz for ketchup, pickles, relish and all the good things for summer picnics. Fair fun  There will be all kinds of condiments at the Amador County Fair in Plymouth, July 28-31. There are all kinds of neat things […]

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Turn on the lights, the party is starting

Turn on the porch light and help celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as El Dorado County gears up for a night of fellowship and fun designed to pull neighborhoods together to fight back against crime. Pollock Pines From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pinewood School is the center of National Night Out action […]

Grow For It!: The origins of the English cottage garden

This landscape style is rooted in medieval England when peasants were tied to the land where they were born. It was the practice of the Lord of the Manor to provide his serfs with a cottage in or near the village on his estate, usually surrounded by a narrow strip of land. The most common […]

As we were: Concert to benefit Sierra West Search and Rescue

25 Years ago July 30, 1986 Sierra West group brings C&W concert Sierra West Search and Rescue is sponsoring a country western music concert on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows being held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will feature headliner Joe Stampley and his Double Shot Band. Stampley, along with Mo […]

National Peace Corps launches essay contest

Contest to focus on generating small business enterprise solutions to fight poverty The National Peace Corps Association, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, announced today it will launch a worldwide essay contest with Seven Fund called the “Enterprise Solutions to Global Poverty Essay Contest.” “This is […]

State Fair concert tickets still on sale

SACRAMENTO — Tickets are still on sale for the summer lineup at the 2011 State Fair Concert Series. The California Exposition and State Fair runs through July 31. “The State Fair is all about family, fun and value. At a time when the cost of concert tickets at other venues are sky high for even lawn seats, […]

New ‘Waste to Resource’ at State Fair

SACRAMENTO — California Exposition and State Fair General Manager Norbert Bartosik announced the start of a new Food Waste Recovery Program at the 2011 State Fair, running through July 31. The 2011 State Fair’s “pre-consumer food collection program” has been designed to reduce the amount of waste going from the State Fair to the landfill. […]

E-waste fundraiser at Holy Trinity School

Holy Trinity School, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive, El Dorado Hills, is having a free e-waste recycling event on Saturday, Aug. 20. The electronic waste drive-through drop off fundraiser will help the Holy Trinity School eighth grade raise money and save the environment. Participants don’t even have to get out of their car. Pop the […]

Pollock Pines senior nutrition program moving

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program is moving its senior programs from the Pollock Pines Senior Center after more than 30 years at its location on Forebay Road to the Pollock Pines Community Center located at 2675 Sanders Drive on Aug. 1. This is a collaborative effort by community groups and the county to […]

Child Abuse Prevention Council seeks board member

The El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council is accepting applications for board membership to fill one vacancy serving at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors. The council vacancy is in the following category: community representation, community volunteer, civic organizations and religious communities. The 15 member council is a legislatively mandated body advising the […]

Learn cottage gardening at Master Gardeners class

Cottage Gardening will be the subject at the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners class on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cottage gardens are both utilitarian and beautiful. Learn from Master Gardener Eve Keener the art of mixing fruit, vegetables, herbs and perennial and annual flowers in this informal garden style. […]

As we were: Wheelbarrow race commemorates pioneer Studebaker

25 Years ago July 23, 1986 Wheelbarrow race is big money opportunity In commemoration of pioneer John M. Studebaker, the Kiwanis Club of Placerville again will sponsor the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races held annually in conjunction with the El Dorado County Fair, scheduled for July 31-Aug 3. The wheelbarrow race is Aug. 3, the final […]

Dolls, inspiration and song are featured at the Christian Women’s Connection’s August luncheon

The public is invited to “Hello Dolly,” a luncheon by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries) on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at noon. The lunch is catered by Diane Wilkinson at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. The cost is $16. Speaker for the luncheon will be Cindy […]

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Bipolar Insights: Seeking help

It seems almost impossible that Bipolar Insights’ 13th anniversary is here. I remember well the first day I stood in front of the three individuals in attendance back then. I had no real expectations of what the future might hold. Shock and fear were my companions as I began this journey. Looking back over the […]

Foothill gourmet: Zippy zucchini

 Zucchini is abundant at the Farmers Market and in gardens. Today’s column features my family’s favorite zucchini recipe, Awesome Zucchini Pizza. It has the flavors of pizza without the carbs. I’ve made Awesome Zucchini Pizza every summer for more than 17 years. The pizza’s base is grated zucchini, eggs and cheese, not pizza dough. Both […]

Enjoy high tea with Miss Hattie Craddock

The Friends of Old Hangtown agree that by knowing history it is possible to honor the sacrifices made by the pioneers. “High Tea with Miss Hattie Craddock,” an annual event dedicated to remembering the rich heritage of El Dorado County, is presented by the Friends of Old Hangtown and is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, […]

Read between the stacks at BookFest 2011

The El Dorado County Main Library has joined forces with its support organization the Placerville Chapter of Friends of the Library to create a celebration of books. The first book fair, BookFest 2011, takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. outside the Main Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. BookFest 2011 […]

Zepparella to rock River Ranch

Renegade Productions presents Zepparella on Friday, July 22, at the River Ranch Lodge (Outdoor Patio), in Tahoe City, – north shore Tahoe for an outdoor rockin’ dance party. Doors are at 8 p.m. and show time is at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance and available at the River Ranch, New Moon Natural Foods (Tahoe […]

Twain Harte festival features art and wine

A tradition now 34 years strong, the 2011 Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival on July 23 and 24 promises to be a colorful, creative, food- and fun-filled extravaganza for all ages. What started in 1976 as a simple craft fair along one Twain Harte side street involving about 20 artists has evolved into a two-day gala throughout the town […]

Summer Encore series continues

Summer HD Encores, a series of encore performances from the groundbreaking “Met Opera Live in HD” series continues through July. The show is in more than 400 select movie theaters nationwide including, 10 movie theaters in the Sacramento area. This summer’s encore series offers Puccini’s “Tosca” on July 20, and Verdi’s “Don Carlo” on July […]

Jackie Greene returns to Jackson Rancheria

El Dorado County’s own Jackie Greene, dubbed by the New York Times as an Americana phenom, will return to Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel on Saturday, July 23, in the event area next to the hotel. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 general admission, $20 for […]

On the spot: Brooke Stumbaugh

Age: 18 Residence: Camino Hometown: Placerville Occupation: Swim coach for Gold Rush Aquatics Hobbies: Swimming, wakeboarding and snow skiing Favorite movie: “She’s the Man” Favorite book: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something no one knows about you: “I’ve seen the Jonas Brothers in concert … twice.” Best quality: “I’m compassionate.” […]

Camino serves up a good cause

The Camino Community Action Committee will be hosting their popular “Camino Serves” night on Sunday, July 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Forester Restaurant, 4110 Carson Road in Camino. This will be a benefit for the successful Camino Cares Christmas Giving Program which was started last year and will be continued this year. […]