Cowboy gardener gives tips on irrigation

The Mother Lode Rose Society is hosting a highly diversified, colorful speaker on installing and retrofitting irrigation systems in the rose garden on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Verne Pershing began growing roses over 20 years ago in Pasadena. Ten years ago, […]

Glad Hatters hold reunion lunch

The Glad Hatters of Four Seasons are hosting the annual Mad Hatters Reunion Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Four Seasons Lodge in El Dorado Hills. Former members and guests are invited to the potluck luncheon which will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees are invited to bring a salad, casserole or dessert. A warming […]

Barrels — What are they good for?

What: Bring Out the Barrel: Good Wine Hunting Who: El Dorado Winery Association Where: 28 El Dorado County wineries When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Cost: $35 Information: 800-306-3956 or Bring Out the Barrel: Good Wine Hunting is the 2012 version of the El Dorado […]

Carson City offers musicals and murder

CARSON CITY — The New Year is bringing an array of events to Carson City ( from murder mystery dinners to Broadway-style musicals to wine walks and all that jazz. Variety and diversity occupies many of the capital city’s venues through January and February, beginning with a murder mystery dinner, “Dealt a Deadly Hand: Murder […]

Four guitarists to converse musically

FOLSOM — Now in its 12th year, the idea behind International Guitar Night is simple. Four guitarists share their compositions, the stage and their ideas in a special evening of solos, duets and quartets — all highlighting the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Founded by guitarist Brian Gore, International Guitar Night […]

January means restaurant month in California

NAPA — Occurring valley-wide in January at a number of famed Michelin-star hotspots and hometown favorites, the second annual Napa Valley Restaurant Month has grown to include 58 top restaurants, storied hotels, and elegant inns. New additions to the lineup include special three-course menus at two of famed chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s eateries, a “Happy Hour Any […]

Luma lights up Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

The human fascination with light is universal. Using dark as a canvas and light as the brush, Luma blends physical movement with hi-tech illuminated objects to paint a very human story about light. In an afternoon performance suitable for the entire family, fireflies dance, shooting stars flash across the stage, screen savers undulate, carnival rides […]

A Tempest is stirring at the Cozmic

Tempest is playing at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. Since forming in 1988, the rock, Celtic, jam band has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 23 years have seen the San Francisco […]

Stepping out: Placerville Coffee Depot is a good place to stop

“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.” — Flash Rosenberg Placerville Coffee Depot If you have been wondering about the new yellow building at 70 Main St. in Placerville that looks like a small turn-of-the-century railroad station, it is the Placerville […]

Rome travels to the Legion of Honor

A Masterpiece from Rome’s Musei Capitolini, Bernini’s Medusa, will be on display at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco until Feb. 19. The Musei Capitolini in Rome are lending San Francisco one of their greatest treasures, the Baroque masterpiece Medusa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of history’s finest sculptors and a leading figure in 17th-century Italian […]

Railtown 1897 offers behind-the-scenes tours

JAMESTOWN — Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will offer special, behind-the-scenes shop tours of the historic site on three upcoming Fridays in 2012: Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon each day. As part of this special opportunity, visitors will have the chance to get an up-close viewing of […]

Sacramento Theater Company gets ‘Ruthless!’

Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, continues its season of “Mystery, Music and Mayhem” with “Ruthless! — The Musical” in the spirit of last season’s “The Musical of Musicals — The Musical” — the show that proves when it comes to show business, the key to success is ruthlessness. “Ruthless!” is a hilarious homage to shows […]

Martin Sexton to release new CD

“Fall Like Rain,” Martin Sexton’s brand-new EP, finds this artist again asking relevant questions and challenging the status quo. The EP will be released on Jan. 24. Entertaining fans all the while, he continues to call for unity in “One Voice Together” and adds: “In a world of warfare, peace is bad for business …” […]

The best to play at the Banjo-rama

The Sacramento Banjo Band is proud to present Banjo-rama 2012 on April 12-15, at the Red Lion Hotel, 1401 Arden Way in Sacramento. The event features some of the greatest banjo talent in the world. Banjo enthusiasts will recognize the names and enjoy the weekend performances of Buddy Wachter and Johnny Baier, nationally and internationally renowned artists […]

Sac philharmonic features violinist David Kim

SACRAMENTO — In a concert billed as “The Romantics,” Sacramento Philharmonic Music Director Michael Morgan has engaged David Kim, concertmaster of the acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra to play Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Violin Concerto No. 3,” written at the height of a Golden Age of violinists. “This work is played more frequently than almost all of the late 19th […]

Julie Clark inducted into Air Show Hall of Fame

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The evening of Wednesday, Dec. 7, marked the closing of the International Council of Air Shows convention where thousands of delegates gathered for education sessions, to book air show performers and where performers put on their “game face” to make connections and book air show events. Capping off that Wednesday evening […]

Artists to share inspiration at PAA meeting

The program of the Placerville Arts Association’s general meeting on Sunday, Jan. 15, will highlight the works of the 3-D and 3×3 show artists. Each artist will speak briefly about why they chose their art form and what inspires them. Slides of the artists’ work will be shown on a large screen. Included in the […]

‘New Beginnings’ launch 2012 for La Raza Galeria

SACRAMENTO — La Raza Galería Posada inaugurates the new year with two exhibitions that offer the region a juxtaposition of conceptual art and Neo-Expressionism — striking exhibitions by emerging artist Nicolás Colón and Sacramento-based Mexican artist Leonardo Ceballos. The show opens Saturday, Jan. 14, and the artists’ reception is Thursday, Feb. 16. The gallery is located […]

Parenting class offers tips and help

Discover and emphasize parenting strengths in this free award-winning, 14-week series of Parent Training Classes designed for parents of children ages 3-12. The class is Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. and started Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills. Strengthen children’s emotional and social abilities by using play, praise and reward to […]

Learn about living with oaks

On Saturday, Jan. 21, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present “Living with Oaks.” The free three-hour class is from 9 a.m. to noon and will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Handsome and enduring California oaks are found throughout El Dorado County. New construction, […]

‘Walk for Life’ is open to all faiths

Join more than 50,000 pro-lifers for the eighth annual “Walk for Life” in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 21. The walk is open to all faiths. It is a 2.07 mile casual and healthy walk along Market Street. The walk begins at Civic Center Plaza and ends at Justin Herman Plaza (Ferry Terminal). There will […]

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Conference focuses on finding land for new generation of farmers

The PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference will feature a panel workshop on finding land to farm or ranch. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, at Lincoln High School. Tim Van Wagner will discuss the Living Lands Agrarian Network ( non-profit organization that offers training and mentorship to a new generation of farmers. When […]

Volunteers complete task at the community center

In November members and friends of the Cameron Park Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints engaged in volunteer community service for the Cameron Park Community Center. There were 50 members, including 16 youth, who painted the fence around the pool as well as the red fire lane curb. Several dozen shrubs, […]

Author to sign books in Coloma

Children who have or would like to read “Zack and the Vaolidators: Good as Gold” will have a chance to meet the author of the book in Coloma. Wayne Hunt, author, will read some of the tales and sing some songs during the book signing that will take place at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic […]

Vierra makes dean’s list

Placerville’s Austin J. Vierra, 2008 Ponderosa High School graduate, is enjoying his senior year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Vierra made the dean’s honor roll and was named to the Laureate Society for the 2011 fall semester. His 3.9 grade point average qualified him for the academic honors. He is majoring in international business and […]

Forest Forum launches youngest member to university

Union Mine High School graduate Elizabeth “Liz” Bailey is the youngest member of the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum. She has been warmly welcomed and encouraged to pursue a career in forestry. Some things have not changed since the Forest Forum was organized in November 1941. In a manuscript donated to the University of California, Berkeley, […]

Placerville Coffee Depot to celebrate grand opening

The Placerville Coffee Depot, 70 Main St. in Placerville, will be celebrating its grand opening on Friday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Customers are invited to drive -through, visit the walk up window or come in the new business. The Coffee Depot’s hours will be 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. and there […]

Hard work pays off

From the quiet hills of Camino to the bustling activity of Los Angeles, Justin Nizer, 27, has experienced it all. With hours of hard work and dedication, Nizer has achieved a life that revolves around his biggest passions: music and film. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 2002, this former Camino resident attended […]

Book characters look for what is real

Book review Book: “The Gentlemen’s Sport and Social Club” Author: Joseph E. Petterle Publisher: Langdon Street Press, Aug. 15, 2011, 236 pages Cost: $19.95 hardcover, $9.99 e-book version When John retires to a mountain cabin after a tumultuous corporate life, he expects peace and quiet — and he gets what he asked for. Just as solitude is beginning to […]

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Grow For It! A new look at fire season

Another myth up in smoke. If you are like most foothill residents, you have probably believed that wildfire season was just that — a season — as in, generally, summer and early fall. You probably assumed that once rainy weather came and snow closed roads in the Sierra, the fire danger was over. Not this […]

As we were: Supervisors appoint representatives

25 Years ago Jan. 9, 1987 Visman takes seat on SOFAR board By MIKE PULLY El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sweeney rapped his gavel at Tuesday’s board meeting and called into session the El Dorado County Water Agency to appoint new Supervisor Mike Visman to the SOFAR Management Authority. Visman will replace retired […]

At a glance: Step to the plate

The American League adopted the designated hitter rule on this date in 1973. This is where a hitter may be appointed to bat for the starting pitcher and relievers in any game. The designated hitter for the pitcher needs to be selected prior to the game and must be included in the lineup cards. Since […]

Wanted: CASA needs a few good men

Reid Briggs had worked with children most of his life. The 60 year-old Briggs worked as an administrator, teacher and athletic director at El Dorado High School. Retiring from the field a year and a half ago, Briggs is self-employed in the furniture business. He also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Opportunity and […]

Foothill gourmet: New Year recipes

Welcome to the new year and a full column of savory snack recipes excellent for creating a festive feeling to any occasion. Recipe ingredients are available at the supermarket and require little or no cooking. Garlic-herb dip — Halve three heads garlic crosswise. Place in an oven safe dish. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in […]

Church to host foreclosure seminar for county residents

In the last five years, many El Dorado County residents have been losing their homes to foreclosures for various reasons. Green Valley Community Church, located at 3500 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, has a church member from its congregation who wants to help people who are or aren’t members of the church. On Monday, Jan. 9, […]

Learn proper rose pruning techniques

Join Master Gardeners Julianne Melchor and Eve Keener as they present a class on proper pruning of roses on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. The proper tools to use will be covered as well as the right time of year to prune. Different techniques for various rose varieties will also be covered […]

Master Gardeners present pruning class

Master Gardener Walt Miller will present information on good pruning practices to keep trees healthy and under control on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Proper pruning leads to more fruit production. Hands-on demonstrations using the proper tools will also be a part of the presentation. The free class will be at the […]

Wellness meeting on tap

The next Wellness Discussion Group meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 11, upstairs at the Placerville Co-Op — formerly known as Noah’s Oak — at 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The group meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Dr. June Scofield, DC, and Dan Ferrier, nutritionist and physical trainer who will share easy steps for […]

Classic tales come to IT

The classic tales, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Little Red Riding Hood” will delight audiences at Imagination Theater this February with eleven performances. These family friendly tales run only two weeks between Feb. 5 and 12, with show dates on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sundays, at […]

Epicurean treats await in El Dorado County

Expanding on the success of last year, the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority is again honoring January, “California Restaurant Month,” with the El Dorado Epicurean, a week long celebration of local cuisine from Jan. 22 to 29. The grand finale, an extraordinary county-wide progressive dinner for culinary adventurers, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29. […]

Dead Winter Carpenters build fan base in Placerville

The super talented Dead Winter Carpenters are coming to the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville on Saturday, Jan 7, at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge. Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, Dead Winter Carpenters represents everything the American west stands for. The band seamlessly blends Americana with roots rock and a […]

Featured artist David Blonski knows math

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery continues its monthly “featured artist” series with the work of David Blonski. Blonski’s art and music will be featured in the gallery for the month of January, and the public is invited to a reception for the artist on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. Come meet […]

Clay demonstrations begin at Iron Willow Gallery and Studio

Starting Friday, Jan. 6, Tom Tankersley will begin weekly demonstrations on how to use his newly developed, non-firing clay product at Iron Willow Gallery and Studio, 440 Main St. in Placerville. He will be in the studio on Fridays and Saturdays almost every week working on his current projects and the public is invited to […]

Stepping out: There’s good food at PJ’s Roadhouse

“After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.” — Miss Piggy PJ’s Roadhouse My editor left a menu and a note in my mailbox pointing out that PJ’s Roadhouse, which is located at 5641 […]

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