Hattie Plain is a memorable character with a big impact

Book: “A Witness Tree: The Story of Hattie Plain” Author: Peter C. Tyner Publisher: Self-published, 2011 When a 92-year-old retired janitor storms the New York Daily Record newspaper with a bag full of papers, intent on becoming an advice columnist, no one thinks she has a prayer. But inside Hattie Plain’s Wal-Mart bag is a […]

One acts at Union Mine blend two forces

What: “An Evening of One Act Plays” Who: Union Mine High School students Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Monday, May 23, doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 7:30. Cost: $2 for adults and $1 for students Information: 530-621-4003 When Union Mine High […]

El Dorado Hills summer camp is a fun adventure

Invent Now is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. This exciting, weeklong adventure in creativity immerses children in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as history and the arts. […]

MORE earns highest level of accreditation

Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. is proud to announce that it has again been awarded the highest level of accreditation bestowed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an international accreditation organization. The award was earned for MORE’s work activity and supported employment programs. This outcome of the three year accreditation period is awarded […]

Heavenly news: Going to a star party

Everyone loves going to a party … birthday parties, retirement parties, house-warming parties and graduation parties. Most people have attended at least one of these, but have you ever heard of a star party? Now, we’re not talking about the Hollywood version where you’d get to meet and greet Tom Cruise or have a cocktail […]

On the spot: Chantelle Toste

Age: 18 Residence: Pollock Pines Hometown: Lake Tahoe Occupation: Student Hobby: Dance Favorite movie: “Anything by Tim Burton.” Favorite book: “Anything by Ellen Hopkins Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something no one knows about you: “My German shepherd, Harley, weighs more than I do.” Best quality: “I like to brighten people’s day.”

Noisepsalm returns to the Cozmic Café

Noisepsalm will be playing its last show for a long time this Saturday at the Cozmic Café. On Saturday, May 14, Noisepsalm returns to Placerville’s Cozmic Café, 594 Main St., to finalize a string of shows in support of the band’s latest release, “Death Mask,” on Auricular Records. Also playing will be Sadore, a female […]

Hangtown Car Show is rescheduled to next Sunday

Due to a forecast for rain on Sunday, May 15, the Placerville Lions Club has rescheduled the fifth annual Hangtown Car Show to Sunday, May 22. The fantastic display of classic, custom and muscle cars made prior to 1973 is put on by the Placerville Lions Club in association with the Placerville Downtown Association. The public […]

Breyer Fun Day at Kiddlywinks

For the fifth year, Kiddlywinks Toy Store will host a Breyer Fun Day on Saturday, May 21. Sponsored in tandem by Breyer, a division of Reeves International, children will be able to paint their very own miniature model horse for free and also win prizes. Younger children are encouraged to participate. Model painting will begin at […]

Stepping out: Jodi Hall is following her dream and more

“There’s a thousand little things that go into making a great-tasting sausage, … It’s just attention to detail, every darn one.” — Ralph Stayer High Sierra BBQ and Sausage Co. Recently when I drove through Diamond Springs, in front of Diamond Mart I noticed a large red trailer with a big meat smoker attached, and […]

‘In the Flow 4 Festival’ comes to Sacramento

An amazing line up of nationally recognized improvisational players — jazz, electronic, blues, rock, folk, poetry and spoken word are featured at the “In the Flow 4 Festival,” in  Sacramento through May 16. A full festival pass is $30 and includes a special festival T-shirt. There are also $10 per day tickets. The festival, produced […]

Sac State grads exhibit artworks

Sacramento State’s graduating class is exhibiting new works encompassing all disciplines covered by the Studio Art Program. The free Senior Art Show will run through May 20 at the Else and Witt galleries in Kadema Hall. Gallery hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Each year, the exhibition gets better and better,” said […]

Actors needed for outreach program

Female actors, between the ages of 15 and 19, who would like to be part of an outreach program next fall can participate in a special program. Soroptimist International of Cameron Park is again sponsoring a program that will be offered at middle schools called “Because You’re Special.”  Included in the program is the 30-minute […]

MontBleu Resort Casino announces entertainment line-up

Award-winning musicians, top-tiered comedy headliners, bike racing and celebrity golf await as MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa sets its sights on a summer season full of high-caliber entertainment. Memorial Day weekend is set to bring the house down with music and comedy. International House music sensation and two-time Grammy nominee Paul Oakenfold appears for a […]

California Railroad Museum jazzes it up

What: Jazz-Related Activities at the California State Railroad Museum Where: Old Sacramento State Historic Park When: Special activities inside the museum, Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30. Excursion trains running, Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30 Time: Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Excursion trains depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through […]

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Acclaimed guitarist to appear at Three Stages

What: Muriel Anderson and Raughi Ebert When: May 21, 7:30 and May 22, 2 p.m. Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: threestages.net or call 916-608-6888 (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and two hours before showtime). Come to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College for a fiery evening with America’s award-winning guitarist and […]

NoNahme Clan to host spring flute fest

The fifth Spring Flute Festival hosted by the NoNahme Clan of the Northern California Flute Circle will be held at Garden Valley Park in Garden Valley on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those attending the festival will learn about indigenous music, instruments and culture. The public is invited and admission and entertainment are free. The organizer’s goal is […]

Disney fine art on show at the Railroad Museum

Attention movie buffs and pop culture enthusiasts there is a special, one-day only debut happening at the California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, on Sunday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be among the first to get a glimpse of an amazing fine art collection inspired by the movies of Pixar […]

Garden Tour is a bouquet of blossoms

What: Garden of the Hills Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: gardens in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 Cost: $20 Information: 916-933-1799 Roses, azaleas, perennials … oh, my. This year’s “Gardens of the Hills” tour hosted by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills has more blossoms and greenery […]

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Wendy Matson to speak to PAA

Wendy Matson, Placerville councilwoman and professional artist, will be the guest speaker at the Placerville Arts Association meeting this Sunday, May 15. Nationally recognized for her florals and portraits, Matson also enjoys the free expression of abstract paintings. She has been juried into the nation’s top watercolor exhibitions and been published in the “Artist’s Magazine,” […]

Kim Angelis takes the audience on a musical juourney

The Gala, a colorful festive celebration, also known as the last concert of the season, is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. and will be hosted by Music on the Divide at the IOOF Hall, Highway 193 and Main Street in Georgetown. Kim Angelis will be the guest performer and is an internationally […]

El Dorado Camera Club to future speaker Gary Hart

The El Dorado Camera Club is pleased to announce that Gary Hart of Gary Hart Photography (garyhartphotography.com) will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, May 19, meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2501 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. Hart has photographed California’s natural beauty for more than 30 years. […]

At a glance: Fun events for fun people

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol was born on this date in 1904. The Catalan surrealist painter was a skilled draftsman and used this skill to create a world of unusual and fascinating images. Dalí also produced films, sculpture, and interesting photographs during his life. He loved life and […]

First Lutheran offers preschool and day care

First Lutheran Preschool and Day Care Center has been helping children learn and grow in a secure environment for 24 years. The center works hand in hand with First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission to assure a successful transition to kindergarten. The center has also received accreditation through High Five for Quality. The program incorporates […]

‘Soul Speaking’ gives voice to grateful musical journeybrenda hanna

What: CD Release Party Who: Brenda Hanna with special guest Joe Craven When: Friday, May 14, 7:30 p.m., doors open 7 p.m. Where: Lotus Hocus Pocus House Concerts Cost: $20 donation (call for reservations, address and directions) Information: 530-622-4914, lotushocuspocus.com When you crawl out of the darkness of utter despair, your soul has a lot to say. […]

Choreography reflects contemporary themes

What: “iDance” Who: Union Mine High School Dance Department Where: Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 12, 13, and 14, at 7 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $8 for adults 18 and over, $7 for students and children 10 and over and $5 for ASB card holders and […]

Master Gardener: Growing lilies

Lilies bring beauty, color and fragrance to the garden, with their only requirements being well-drained soil and sun exposure for at least half a day. Lilies actually love full sun, as long as the bulbs are planted deeply enough to stay cool when the temperature is high. If lilies are located where it is too […]

As we were: Building issues in Cameron Park are a concern

25 Years ago May 12, 1986 Moratorium shrunk The area affected by the building moratorium at the north end of Cameron Park Airport was shrunk last Tuesday by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The area was shortened so that it does not pass beyond Cimmaron Road in the north. Several lots zoned for […]

Shakespeare Club debuts spring fashions

What: Spring Fashion Show “Masquerade” Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: Shakespeare Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville When: Wednesday, May 25, 11 a.m. Cost: $25 Information: Rhuanna at 530-626-4044 or placerville-shakespeare.com. The Placerville Shakespeare Club will host its annual Spring Fashion Show “Masquerade” on Wednesday, May 25, at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville. The afternoon […]

STEM scholars lecture features ‘personalized medicine

Sacramento State’s next STEM Scholars lecture is Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom III. John Chapman, president and founder of Stem Cell Partners LLC, and adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Sac State, will explore “To Each His Own: How Engineers, Scientists […]

Fit and Fun Fair brings a healthy lifestyle to Placerville

Come get fit while having fun. Placerville’s first “Fit and Fun Fair — A Healthy Lifestyle Expo” is being held Sunday, May 15, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The event is sponsored by Mother Lode Chiropractic Center. Dr. June Scofield, the visionary behind this event, is bringing the community […]

Foothill gourmet: Don’t get burned while grilling

Summer is a family favorite grilling time. Grilled food is flavorful, keeps the kitchen cool, and lets the grill chef receive lots of compliments about the delicious food. Grilling can burn you and your home. Follow a few safety tips and family and property are safe. Fires caused by gas grills create more property damage […]

Cirque du Soleil to present ‘Quidam’ in Sacamento

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, “Quidam,” will be performing in Sacramento from May 11 – 15, Power Balance Pavillion for eight performances only. Tickets are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or by calling 1-800-745-3000. “Quidam” had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since that […]

Elton John tribute show at ParaVi Vineyards

ParaVi Vineyards, 2875 Larsen Drive in Camino, is celebrating Mother’s Day with four shows in the new ParaVi Cellar with the amazing talents of Lee Alverson as he winds through a non-stop repertoire of Elton John hits, complete with costumes. The Elton John Tribute Show is  Saturday, May 7, at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, […]

Nursery Tour is full of inspiration and advice

The Gold Country Nursery Tour is Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can stop at these inspiring nurseries to ask the experts for advice about all their garden needs. All the nurseries carry native and deer resistant plants for the challenging foothill environment. Divide Supply Nursery on Hwy 193 in Greenwood, […]

Enjoy art and wine in El Dorado Hills

Enjoy 20 El Dorado wineries pouring award-winning vintages at the El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8 The eighth annual event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Town Center in El Dorado Hills. The El Dorado wineries will be gathered along the boulevard in Town Center, offering wine […]

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Nature Fest features music, art and culture

The Nature Area, 6540 Wentworth Springs Road in Georgetown, will be hosting its eighth annual family event Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers invite the public to enjoy a wonderful day of art, food and music celebrating nature in the Nature Center’s forested amphitheater. The event includes free nature education, arts […]

Milo Greene is playing at the Coz

Though all in their early to mid 20s, the members of Milo Greene are seasoned musicians. Formed from members of three disbanding groups, collectively they have toured all over America and Europe opening for bands including Jack’s Mannequin, Panic At the Disco, Ben Lee, Rooney, Hot Hot Heat and Cursive and have sold many albums. […]

Stepping out: There is plenty for Mom to do on Sunday

“I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother.” — Abraham Lincoln Mother’s Day at the Sierra Nevada House On Sunday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Sierra Nevada House, which is located at the corner of Highway 49 and Lotus Road in Coloma, will be holding another of its […]

Free Mother’s Day Concert at Three Stages

What: Free Mother’s Day Concert withArmy Field Band When: Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m. Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: threestages.net or 916-608-6888 The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at Three Stages at Folsom […]

EDMT announces auditions ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Musical Theater will audition for “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” on Saturday, May 21, 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 perfect summer day in the park, Alice daydreams while her […]

New artist is featured at Art On the Divide Gallery

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery continues its monthly “Featured Artist” series with gourd art by award-winning Georgetown artist Jodi Reed. Her gourds, from the fine art pieces to the whimsical birdhouses, will be on display in the gallery for the month of May. The public is invited to a reception for the artist on […]

Imagination Theater schedules auditions ‘White Christmas’

Imagination Theater in Placerville has scheduled auditions for the holiday favorite, “White Christmas.” Auditions will be held May 14, at 9 a.m. with callbacks following on May 15, at 1 p.m. This play has many ensemble parts for adults of all ages and some children. Actors interested in lead roles for Bob, Phil, Judy and […]

Sacramento Philharmonic celebrates spring in Sacramento

Spring in Sacramento is hard to beat, so May is the perfect time for the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra to pay homage to its hometown with a concert that’s for, in, and about Sacramento. Get ready for “Homegrown Sacramento” featuring Tony-award winner Faith Prince and Ray Anthony Trujillo, winner of the 2010 Classical Concerto Competition. Tony award-winning […]

North Auburn art studios open for Mother’s Day weekend

Twelve well known top award winning local artists will be participating in the North Auburn Art Studios Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists in the tour are: Cathy Cline — fine jewelry, Reif Erickson — pastel, Jim Farley — wood, Sonja Hamilton […]