Threads of life tie art and caring together

Once again local quilters and artists are coming together for the third bi-annual Threads of Life Quilt and Fine Art Charity Auction. It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davies Family Inn/Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville Talented quilters and artists donate their work to […]

Singing competition to build homes in the county

El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity will hold its first singing competition with a $1000 prize going to the winner. “Be The Voice” is a singing competition that begins on Facebook where anyone over the age of 13 can submit an audition video before July 25. Contestants then help to promote their video by getting […]

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At a glance: More fun than collecting Moon rocks

On July 20 in 1969, most cognizant people in the United States were anxiously waiting for the Apollo 11 Lunar Module “Eagle” to touch down on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquillity. On July 21, it was a really big deal as Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon. […]

‘First Love Last’ is a memorable look at the past

Book: “First Love Last” Author: Helen Bonner Publisher: Lulu  Press,  February 2011, 172 pages Cost: $18.89 What if you could go back in time and heal old wounds — eliminate pain from the past from limiting your life in the present? Helen Bonner had that opportunity when her ex-husband showed up at their 57th El […]

Sew-a-thon stitches it together

It is summer and the heat is on while the United States troops are fighting in faraway places. The American Sewing Guild is not taking a summer vacation but is busy making “cool” things for the troops. The guild invites everyone to support the El Dorado County service men and women by fabricating neck coolers […]

Grow For It! Texture and type as landscape design elements

A landscape is pleasing to the eye based on the textures and perspectives of plants along with their relative color. The common thinking that a tall plant always belongs in the background and shorter plants with more interest belong in front has now been debunked. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so consider […]

Go-kart goes green and wins gold

Adam Walsh, 31, a Placerville resident and technical student at American River College, has won first place, Outstanding Project, and Best of Show at this year’s California State Fair for a go-kart that he designed and built. His go-kart, along with a 20-minute video, pictures of the process, a schematic of the electronics and a list […]

Rescue school district opens enrollment

Rescue Union School District opens a new virtual Independent Study Program, the Rescue COOL School, for students in grades 3 – 8. Registration is open for the 2011-12 school year COOL stands for Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning. Rescue’s COOL SCHOOL offers free, innovative and personalized learning choices open to students in El Dorado, Placer, […]

Placerville Natural Foods Co-op moving forward

The organizing committee for the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op reports a membership count around 200 during its current drive for membership. The goal is 300 by Aug. 1. Fundraising is a major priority to satisfy the financial deadline to buy the business of Noah’s Ark by September and proceed with the Co-op venture. To date, […]

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Bocce, pasta and more at Italian fest

What: 2011 Italian Festival Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for juniors 7 to 12 and under 7 free Information: eldoradoitalianfestival.com/ A little bit of Italy is headed to El Dorado County in the form of the 2011 Italian Festival. […]

Heavenly news: Sagittarius and the Milky Way Center

by Darlene Young, Assisting docent Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory In the beginning of mankind (and womankind), man looked to the sky for his clock, calendar and roadmaps. It told him when to sleep, when to plant and harvest, and there were guiding signs for when he traveled. Whether over land or sea, he depended […]

Taste the best at the California State Fair wine event

First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition, limited to California wines, is the oldest and most prestigiously judged wine event in North America. “The California State Fair Wine Competition is not only a ranking of the state’s best wines as viewed by our judges, but also a reflection of the growing quality of […]

Annual Northern California Blues Festival expands to two days

AUBURN —  Get ready for one of California’s biggest family-friendly blues events of the summer — the 11th Annual Northern California Blues Festival, Friday, Aug. 5, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Auburn Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn. Tickets: Friday — $7 advance/$10 gate (12 and […]

Sample the Sierra at ‘Farm to Fork’

This Labor Day Weekend is sure to please all palates with a full weekend full of fun culminating Sunday with the second annual Sample the Sierra Food, Wine, and Art Festival, followed by an extravaganza of fireworks over Lake Tahoe. The event brings together local chefs/restaurants with neighboring growers/producers to turn out scrumptious samples craftily […]

Celebrate riesling month at Madroña Vineyards in July

The warm days and cool nights of El Dorado’s grape-growing region have proven to produce fruit with excellent balance and intense varietal character. “At Madroña, we’ve been producing riesling since 1980. We’d like to share our riesling experience during the month of July,” Paul Bush, winemaker said. The celebration will include: vertical tastings from vintages […]

On the spot: Al Hamilton

Age: 77 Residence: Placerville Hometown: Placerville Occupation: Attorney for the El Dorado County Senior Legal Program Hobby: Fishing Favorite movie: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” Favorite book: “Up Country” by Nelson DeMille Favorite vacation spot: Shelter Cove near Garberville Something no one knows about you: “I am running for county supervisor in District 3.” […]

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‘The Producers’ kicks off 61st Music Circus Season

Mel Brooks’ hilarious hit, “The Producers,” kicks off the 61st season of Music Circus. Discover what it takes to pull off Broadway’s biggest show-biz scam in the Music Circus premiere of “The Producers,” July 15, 16 and 17. With music and lyrics by king of comedy Mel Brooks (“Young Frankenstein”) and a book by Brooks […]

‘Reggae on the River’ presents international line-up

What: 27th annual “Reggae On The River” Where: Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Garberville When: Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 Tickets: reggaeontheriver.com.or call 707-923-3368. On the weekend of July 16 and 17, the Mateel Community Center is proud to present the 27th annual “Reggae on the River” at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area […]

Art show open house at Art Walk

The Metal Dragonfly will be hosting a “Meet the Artist” event on Saturday, July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be held during the Third Saturday Art Walk along Main Street in Placerville. The Metal Dragonfly will be offering visitors a chance to meet the artists who are represented in the store. […]

Amador County Fair tickets available

If you have kids who can’t get enough of the carnival rides at the Amador County Fair, July 28-31, now is the time to save money on advance-sale wristbands. And anyone who has stood in line for an hour to buy Destruction Derby tickets the day of the event will appreciate the convenience of ordering […]

Art goes wild at Pacific Flyway festival

What: Pacific Flyway Decoy Association 41st Annual Classic Wildlife Art Festival Where: Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento CA 95815 When: Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $5.00 for the weekend, children under 12 years of age, free The top U.S. […]

Fundraiser to help transplant recipient

Fred E. Moore is grateful to be alive. He recently received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant, but the costs are overwhelming. Volunteers are planning a luau and auction to help with his expenses. In 2006, Moore was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome, meaning his lymphocytes became cancerous and affected his skin. […]

The English Beat comes to Tahoe

What: The English Beat Who: Cal-Neva Resort Where: Crystal Bay, Nev. When: Saturday, July 16, doors open at 8:30 p.m., show 9:30 p.m. Cost: $25 advance (includes NV State Ent. tax) Information: 775-337-8344 or Cal-Neva Resort 775- 832-4000 The English Beat is a ska-revival band founded in England in 1978 during a period of high […]

Stepping out: Good things from the past and present

“The greatest dishes are very simple dishes.” — Auguste Escoffier Plymouth Hotel I often rely on people to tell me about interesting places to eat, places that I might not find myself. One of those is hidden away in the city of Plymouth, the first place you come to in Amador county when you go […]

Dream job produces a unique perspective

Not all people can say that they discovered their dream job and passion at just 9 years old. Photographer Rainer Breuer, 51, however, may just be the exception. “When I was 9-years-old in Germany, there was somebody who came to my home door and wanted to sell us a picture,” said Breuer when telling the […]

Master Food Preservers: Jams and jellies

Have a lot of fruit and do not know what to do with it? Can it! The Master Food Preservers free public education class, “Jams and Jellies,” offers great recipes, tested techniques and the safest methods of home food preservation for many types of fruits. Presented on July 16 and again on July 19, from […]

Rockin’ weekend at Carson Valley Inn

It’s a special rockin’ weekend at the Carson Valley Inn on, July 21-23 with The Boys Of Summer on Thursday and Friday nights and Rockin’ Down The Highway Saturday night. As with all Cabaret Lounge entertainment at the Inn, there is no cover charge and no drink minimum. The Boys Of Summer is a tribute to The Eagles […]

Craig Watson appointed California Arts Council directorarts council appoinment

Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, chairman of the California Arts Council, today announced the appointment of Craig Watson as the new director for the state agency. Watson’s appointment represents the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the state agency that the director has been hired directly by the council rather than by appointment of the […]

American Century Golf tickets available at Raley’s

Grocery shoppers can now add Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Tim Tebow and Ray Romano to the basket at their neighborhood Raley’s, Bel-Air and Nob Hill Foods supermarkets. Discounted tickets are now available to the American Century Championship (TahoeCelebrityGolf.com), at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, July 12-17. Tickets are available at 127 locations throughout Northern California and […]

At a glance: Baseball players need to remember the fans

On this date in 1982 Montreal hosted the first Major Baseball League All-star game outside the United States. The All-star format has changed over the years and how the players are selected has also changed. It seems as though the players and even baseball have forgotten that the fans are a part of the picture […]

Meet California authors at the State Fair

Every day during the run of the California State Fair, six to seven different authors will rotate into the author’s booth to chat with visitors about writing and publishing, and to sign their latest books. The booth is a cozy nook in Building A, built to resemble a small old-time bookstore. On display will be […]

Grow For It! Threatening Our Pines: White Pine Blister Rust

Imagining our foothills and mountains — your own backyard — with no pines, is unthinkable. Pine trees are icons of the Sierra Nevada range, descending from ancient tree families dating as far back as 290 million years. These evergreens were revered by Native Americans as symbols of life and beneficent persons in the form of […]

As we were: Four-wheel drive competition is open to all

25 Years ago July 9, 1986 Four-wheel drive back at fair Local four-wheel drive pull enthusiasts are set to test their machines against the best in the country at Fair time ’86, on Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2. The test of driver skill and machine strength will take place at 8 p.m. in […]

CoverMate does the job

Well, this seems to be my month to get things to try in the kitchen. A few years ago I found, and often used, stretchable plastic covers that fit over bowls, plates and cups of any shape, so that I could easily cover and store things in the refrigerator or pantry for later use. They […]

Chop it and keep it

Several weeks ago I was handed a large flat box by my editor and told, “Give this a try and tell us how you like it.” Inside was a plastic chopping tray from Argee Corporation, which is located in Santee. Called the “Chop Keeper,” it is a plastic cutting board 18 inches wide and 12 […]

Learn nonviolent communication skills

The Center for Violence-free Relationships is offering “Communicating from Your Heart,” an eight week workshop designed to teach individuals communication skills that will improve their relationships. The workshop will be held on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. starting on July 18, and ending Sept. 5. The workshops will focus primarily on teaching participants Nonviolent Communication (NVC), […]

Foothill gourmet: Best pizza

Love pizza? Today’s column includes techniques to use with either purchased pizzas or homemade dough and I guarantee you will make the best pizza your family and friends have ever tasted. You’ll be so confident of your pizza making skills that you’ll want to share these rarely known techniques that make pizzas with remarkable flavors. […]

Steeds to serve mission in Norway

Kerry and Shanna Steed have been called to serve an 18 month mission in the Norway Oslo mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their primary responsibility will be to oversee a Center for Young Adults in the city of Bergen, Norway. The Steeds have lived in Placerville for 38 years and […]

Author discusses the philosophy of Michael Polanyi

Book: “Body Knowledge: A Path to Wholeness” Author: David W. Long, Ph.D. Publisher: Xlibris, Feb. 28, 2011 Cost: Paperback $19.99, 237 pages; hardback $29.99, 237 pages; eBook $9.99 Available: Local book stores Polanyi’s views and work on knowledge is put on the spotlight in this new book Author David W. Long, Ph.D., offers a critical analysis and […]

Placer Heights Baptist Church to have Vacation Bible School

Placer Heights Baptist Church, 2954 Schnell School Road in Placerville, is hosting Vacation Bible School, July 11-15, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day. The program is geared for children ages kindergarten to 12th grade and is a fun and exciting summer adventure. Registration is during the church’s Block Party even on Saturday, July 9, […]

Dine and learn at Sequoia patio dining series

New for summer at Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House is a series of Chef’s Demonstration Dinners. The dinners and demonstrations will be on Sequoia’s patio every Wednesday and Thursday through August. Each week features a different food topic. July 13 and 14, is organic chicken; July 20 and 21, is Tuscan steak bistecca; Aug. […]

Lachappelle is showing at Pop Art Gallery

Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing is now showing the works of Phil Lachapelle. With a realist and impressionist style he enriches California scenes of Yosemite, the Sierra, California Gold Country and the wine country. His Italian series depicts the essence of Italy, with its architecture, color and textures. He has painted vistas of Northern […]

Story and song intertwine at Cozmic

The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, will echo with sweet spun stories of life, history and humor delivered by velvet voices and finger style playing. Michael Gaither and Tamra Godey of the American River Music Festival will each bring their original songs and acoustic craftsmanship to entertain on Saturday July 9, at 8 […]

Stepping out: Chili, fries and soup need to be hot

“Mother Nature clearly intended us to get out food from the ‘patty’ group, which includes hamburgers, fish sticks and McNuggets …” — Dave Barry BJ’s Brewhouse A friend of mine was in town on business last week. He had ridden the bus to Placerville, so afterwards I offered to drive him back to Folsom, where he […]