Sac State String Project makes holiday music

Children and music go hand-in-hand at Christmas and when the children are the ones playing the music, it makes for a very memorable evening. California State University, Sacramento’s annual String Project holiday concert will be held in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The free performance features 75 children ages […]

Weimar Academy shares the joy of Christmas

Music on the Divide joyfully welcomes the voices of the young singers of the Weimar Academy Choir and Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Oddfellows Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown, at 3 p.m. Weimar Academy is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada outside Sacramento and sits on 457 acres as […]

Art demo at Divide gallery

Saturday Demo Days continue at the Art on the Divide Co-op Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 10. The artists invite the public to visit the gallery and see these artists demonstrating their creative process. The Dec. 10 schedule is: at 11 a.m. Jane Stipovich will demonstrate her techniques for charcoal sketching; at 1 p.m. Barbara Gerard-Mitchell will demonstrate […]

Celebrate Christmas in Coloma

Get a glimpse of what winter and Christmas were like for those living in El Dorado County in the 1850s at Christmas in Coloma on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Get away from the hectic pace of today and join the docents and volunteers as […]

Winter Craft Fair at Bayley House Barn

Come do last-minute holiday shopping, browsing through locally made crafts, sharing some warm food and drink and seasonal music, as well as the warmth of the season and community togetherness at the Friends of the Bayley House Winter Craft Fair. Vendors can still make reservations for the craft fair which will be Saturday, Dec. 10, […]

Stepping out: Zac Jack Bistro offers good food and service

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” — Adelle Davis Zac Jack Bistro — Everyday gourmet cuisine Back in July chef John Evans, co-owner and chef at Zachary Jacques Country French Cuisine near Diamond Springs, opened Zac […]

Play celebrates the season

Kick your Christmas spirit into high gear with a joyful presentation of “Hotel Bethlehem” by the Federated Church children’s choirs. The enchanting presentation is Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville. In this musical journey, the […]

Santa takes time to visit Cameron Park

CAMERON PARK — Utility 89 is a fire truck that children and neighbors enjoy seeing at this time of year. The engine from the Cameron Park Fire Department is used to pull the sleigh for Santa Claus as he parades through the Cameron Park neighborhoods. Santa hands out candy canes and is available for photos […]

Pastel Society presents a beautiful gift for the holidays

The Sierra Pastel Society is presenting its Winter Membership show at the El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 7. Artists participating in the Sierra Pastel Society’s Winter Membership Show in Placerville were awarded ribbons this week. Carolyn Thompson of Reno, Nev. was awarded Best of Show for her […]

Donations needed for Pollock Pines dinner

The 18th annual free Community Christmas Dinner will be held at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. This will be a traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings, fresh salads and vegetables, and an assortment of desserts to top off the dining experience. The dinner is sponsored […]

Learn about African violets at Master Gardener class

Now is the time most gardeners move indoors but many still want to continue growing things. Join Master Gardener Julianne Melchor for a presentation on how to plant and care for the many varieties of African violets and other house plant selections on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. The free class is […]

At a glance: Get up early for the eclipse

Be sure to get up extra early on Saturday, Dec. 10, to see a total eclipse of the Moon. The Pacific side of North America is in a good viewing zone. The action starts around 4:45 a.m. PST with the full point at 6:05 a.m. PST. The Moon will be a bright red at this […]

As we were: Memories of Dec. 7

25 Years ago Dec. 6, 1986 Repairman sprang into action By PAT LAKEY Twenty-nine-year-old Don Van Blaricom watched in disbelief as the Japanese dropped a bomb on the U.S.S. Arizona, resulting in an explosion that shook the Sunday morning air 45 years ago. “I already had been alerted by a guy who woke me up […]

Students wanted for poetry contest

El Dorado County high school students are invited to take part in a poetry contest. El Dorado County adults are invited to be a judge for the poetry contest that will be held in January 2012. Poetry Out Loud will be holding a national competition at the high school level that encourages memorization and recitation […]

Food bank announces Holiday Outreach schedule

The Food Bank of El Dorado County has announced details for its 2011 Holiday Outreach event. This annual outreach provides the fresh resources for a complete holiday meal to over 1,000 families in El Dorado County who may otherwise go without during the holiday season. The 2011 Holiday Outreach presented by the Food Bank of […]

Grow For It! Caring for poinsettias

Nothing says the holidays like a beautiful poinsettia, known botanically as Euphorbia pulcherrima. Poinsettias are natives of Mexico and Central America. They were first brought to the U.S. in the 1820s by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico. The plants bear his name today; certainly easier to say than their Aztec name […]

Master Food Preservers: Christmas list for home food preservers

What to get, what to get. Dad needs a tie. Check. Daughter needs a new bike. Check. Son needs some skates. Check. How about a new car for Mom? Check. But what should be on the list for the home food preserver? Well, for those who do not know the difference between a thermometer and […]

Creative choreography incorporates props

There will be more than Sugar Plums dancing as the Union Mine High School dance department presents “Props II.” After four months of hard work, the students will present the annual fall production on Thursday, Dec. 8; Friday, Dec. 9; and Saturday, Dec. 10. “Props II” is the second show in which every piece of […]

Sierra Pastel Society art show opens

The Sierra Pastel Society invites the public to attend its Winter Member Show at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville, from Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 7. The Society anticipates a show of approximately 60 paintings, all of which will be for sale. The gallery is open Tuesday […]

Cantare concert is full of holiday spirit

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills presents “This Shining Night” a holiday concert sure to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas. Inspired by Samuel Barber’s “Sure on This Shining Night” the 20th annual holiday concert will feature all the traditional treats including “Ave Maria,” “Gesu Bambino” and “The Christmas Lullaby” along with a selection […]

On Duty Jake W. Nerwinski

Air Force Airman Jake W. Nerwinski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. 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 […]

On Duty Nicholas D. Madsen

Air Force Airman Nicholas D. Madsen graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. 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 […]

On Duty Christopher R. Fitchett

Air Force Airman Christopher R. Fitchett graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. 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 […]

Heavenly news: Venus, the Evening Star

The bright “Evening Star” that is in the western sky shortly after sunset is actually Earth’s sister planet, Venus. Named after the Roman goddess of love, Venus is the second planet in our solar system and it orbits the Sun every 224.7 Earth days. It is the brightest natural object in the sky, except for […]

‘Buckeye’s Best’ showcases young talent

For one night only 43 of the finest young acts El Dorado County has to offer will perform on one stage — all in the name of education. “It’s pretty awesome and the quality … they’ll blow your socks off,” said Theresa Miller, the show’s producer. “Buckeye’s Best,” a talent show featuring about 120 children […]

Wedding Mandy and Robert Gough

Mandy Barraque and Robert Gough, both from Pollock Pines, were married on Friday Nov.4. The bride is the daughter of Lewis and Stacy Barraque of Placerville. The groom is the nephew of James and Corrie Dunlap of Pollock Pines. The wedding was held at the American River Resort in Coloma, alongside the American River. William […]

Wedding Erin and Matthew Montgomery

Nancy Erin Comer of San Diego and Matthew Sheldon Montgomery of Shingle Springs were married on Saturday, March 19. The bride is the daughter of William M. Jr. and Nancy Comer of San Diego, formerly of Union, S.C. She is the granddaughter of Jackson and Betty Rash of Union, S.C., and the late William Marshall Sr. and […]

Broadway Christmas helps Toys for Tots

The cast and crew of Sac State’s, “A Broadway Christmas,” are extending their Christmas spirit well beyond the proverbial footlights of the University Theatre and helping to make it a brighter holiday for children throughout the community. The holiday review filled with dancing and singing has partnered with the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots drive […]

Annual film fest comes to Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — The 10th annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival offers gnarly footage as “all-risk” describes the fast paced, high energy series of extreme sports short films that premiere Saturday, Dec. 10 at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa ( Lake Tahoe, recognized as a breeding ground for elite athletes and year-round adventurers, is […]

Master and student demonstrate techniques

Iron Willow Gallery and Studio, 440 Main St. in Placerville, will be hosting two well-known artists Saturday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. in a special presentation of their collective works from a recent five-day workshop held in Cambria, along the central coast of California. Visit the gallery for the unveiling of the new […]

Celebrate the repeal of prohibition at the Cozmic

On Monday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., four local wineries, Boeger, David Girard, Gold Hill and Wofford Acres, will be holding the fifth annual party celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 as a fundraiser for Mother Lode Rehabiliation Enterprises Inc. This year the party will be at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main […]

It will be magical in Markleeville

The tiny town of Markleeville will be alive with the magic of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4. Bring the children, friends, family and the camera. Plan to arrive around 11 a.m. and stay through the afternoon. The fair ends at 4 p.m. Check in at the chamber of commerce for a free walking map of […]

Sac State exhibit highlights women at war

Artwork, photography and memorabilia illustrate “Women and War: Reflections and Portraits,” an exhibit running Dec. 5 to 16, on the second floor of the University Union Gallery at California State University, Sacramento. Sponsored by Sacramento State’s Veterans Success Center and Women’s Resource Center, the exhibit highlights the experiences of women in war, ranging from those […]

Sutter Creek to celebrate A Celtic Christmas

What: A Celtic Christmas Celebration Who: Molly’s Revenge Where: Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek When: Saturday, Dec. 3,  7:30 p.m. Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door Information:, at Caffe Intermezzo, 916-425-0077 Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist, Christa Burch, will be performing their annual Celtic Christmas Celebration of music, […]

Stepping out: The cooperative is great place to shop

“If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn’t organic produce just be called ‘produce’ and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?” — Ymber Delecto Placerville Natural Foods Cooperative Some time ago I stopped by Noah’s Ark Natural Foods, at 535 Placerville Drive, to see what the store had to offer. I […]

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Divide gallery features artists at work

Saturday Demo Days continue at the Art on the Divide Co-op Gallery on both Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. The artists at the gallery hope everyone will take the opportunity to visit the gallery and see these artists demonstrating their creative processes. There is a full schedule for Dec. 3. At 11 a.m., Amy Bowen […]

Rose society to install new board

The Mother Lode Rose Society is hosting its annual Christmas Party and Installation at the Twisted Fork Restaurant (formerly Bellotti’s) in Sutter Creek on Dec. 4, at noon. The installing officer Dorothy Wall will be installing her daughter Beverly Rose Hopper as resident, Muriel Humenick as vice president and program chairwoman, Chrisie Common as secretary […]

Sola Rosa plays at South Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — MontBleu Casino Resort and PR Entertainment Inc. presents New Zealand’s Music Award-Winning sensation, Sola Rosa, performing its amazing reggae/funk/jazz/Latin/hip-hop fusion, Saturday, Dec. 3, inside Blu Nightclub at MontBleu Resort at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 or $5 for locals as MontBleu welcomes winter. Tickets are available at the door only. Must […]

It will be a ‘White Christmas’ at Imagination Theater

What: “White Christmas” Who: Imagination Theater Where: The theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Opens Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and runs through Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for students Information: Imagination Theater at 530-642-0404, or e-mail [email protected] Danielle Badger is […]

There is plenty of family fun at Burke Junction

Christmas at Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, on Saturday, Dec. 3, will be a day filled with family fun and the train will be running all day. Start the day at 11 a.m. with a ride on the Burke Junction Train, after the ride capture that special visit with Santa that includes a […]

Christmas in the Pines is old-fashioned fun

For that good old-fashioned Christmas remembered from earlier years or from stories like “White Christmas” or “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Pollock Pines continues to bring joy of the season to all. On Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 8 a.m. the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club will again be hosting Breakfast with Santa, completely free to children […]

Christmas show offers artsy gifts

Celebrating 14 years of Christmas shows, Roger Filippelli and Lorrene Baum-Davis will be back at Filippelli’s home/studio, on Chamberlain in Placerville. Filippelli’s collectible wooden cooking and kitchen utensils and Baum-Davis, a highly acclaimed and award-winning jewelry artist and teacher, will show her fine multi-media art jewelry. Paula Joy Welter will also be showing a selection of her […]

Sutter Creek to hold candlelight walk

The sixth annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk supporting the Interfaith Food Bank is Saturday evening, Dec. 3 at 7. Luminaries will glow along Spanish Street in Sutter Creek, guiding the way for a contemporary version of Las Posadas. A tradition of some 500 years and a favorite celebration in Mexico, Las Posadas (lodging places) tells the […]

December Senior Nutrition Menu

The following is the December Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class

Master Gardener Walt Miller will present essential information on the selection and the proper planting of bare root trees on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. The focus of the class will be on planting techniques and tree selection. Fruit tree varieties best suited for El Dorado County will be discussed in depth. […]