Railtown 1897 celebrates Labor Day

JAMESTOWN — With train rides, live music and more, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown is the place to be this Labor Day Weekend. Popular excursion train rides will be available all three days Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5, that include special rides behind the famous “Movie Star […]

Stepping out: Charley cooks food that is out of this world

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” — Lewis Grizzard Savnik’s Food — Catering and Consulting I first ran into Charley Savnik at an event in Pollock Pines where he was cooking prime rib for a Christmas party. I had a friend with me who only ate meat that […]

Wedding bells are ringing

What: “Father of the Bride” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Thursday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 25. Shows are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. In addition, two Saturday night shows will be held Sept. 10 and 17, […]

Oak Ridge grad deployed to Afghanistan

U. S. Marine Corps Corporal Steven J. Ulrich, son of Steven W. and Teresa Ulrich of El Dorado Hills, is being deployed in September to Sangin, Afghanistan located in the volatile region of the Helmand Province. He is currently assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines based at Twenty Nine Palms, where he recently completed […]

Air Force Airman Ryan M. Riggen

Air Force Airman Ryan M. Riggen 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 […]

Eagle Scout’s Cowan provides direction for 4-wheelers

Scott Cowan of Boy Scout Troop 88 in Placerville, which is part of the Golden Council Empire, performed his Eagle Scout project the weekend of Aug. 13 on the Rubicon Trail in El Dorado County. Braving warm temperatures and dry Sierra Nevada conditions, Cowan and his crew walked the trail and completed the project in […]

Spin a yarn at Boeger

What: The Yarnival, an inaugural event Who: Local artist Lexi Boeger, plus various artists and local bands performing Where: Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville When: Friday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Information: pluckyfluff.com Would you like to see the world’s largest […]

At a glance: Labor Day fun and festivities

The weather this summer in El Dorado County sure has been wonderful. Other parts of the country have not had the best summer, so take some time to appreciate the sunrise, dusk and the beautiful landscape in the pre-autumn sunlight. Have a super Labor Day. Music in EDH Steelin’ Dan — The Music of Steely […]

Labor Day Bazaar brings it together

With live music, a pancake breakfast, prizes and numerous vendors selling anything from crafts to potato chips, some may find it hard to believe that this large event was once just a smaller community rummage sale. Although the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Firefighters’ Association Annual Labor Day Bazaar has seen several changes throughout its 39 years […]

Annual college fair set at UMHS

The El Dorado Union High School District will hold its annual Regional College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Union Mine High School in the large gym and cafeteria, with break-out sessions in the theater at 5:30, 7 and 7:45 p.m. Representatives from the University of California systems, California State University systems, California Independent Colleges, California Community Colleges, […]

Camp California has sites for Labor Day weekend

There are still campsites and rental accommodations available at campgrounds for the Labor Day weekend, including RV parks and resorts throughout the local area. But they’re filling up quickly. Camp-California.com has identified 34 campgrounds that still had vacancies as of Friday. “The best thing to do is check Camp-California.com to see which campgrounds are located […]

Grow for it! Composting basics

If you’re not already composting your garden and kitchen waste, this article is for you. Compost is organic matter in various states of decomposition. There are many techniques for making compost, from the simplest — a 3-foot square pile in a corner of the backyard — to elaborate boxes and bins, even commercially made tumblers. […]

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Marshall Medical congratulates scholars

Marshall Medical Center’s strong community commitment includes an annual scholarship program, awarding a total of $5,000 to graduating seniors at El Dorado County’s five area high schools on the Western Slope. Marshall is very pleased to present these scholarships every year; this year’s applicants were extremely impressive, demonstrating serious commitment to their education and to […]

As we were: Placerville to raise water hookup fees

25 Years ago Aug. 29, 1986 City plans to raise water connection fees To pass on increased fees from its water supplier, the city of Placerville is planning to raise water hookup fees 100 percent, according to city engineer Mike Foster. The El Dorado Irrigation District recently raised its so-called capital connection fees, and the city, […]

Foothill dining: Brining makes meats juicier

Looking for the juiciest way to prepare meat? Brining may be the answer. Brining — submerging meat in a salt-liquid solution — is an easy, creative way to produce juicier, more flavorful chicken, turkey, pork and seafood dishes. Grilled brined chicken with garlic and thyme Makes four servings. Brine time 1 to 2 hours. Grilling […]

The best will be presented at Sample the Sierra

What: Sample the Sierra Who: TahoeChamber.org Where: Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, Sept. 4, (Labor Day weekend), from noon to 5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person includes admission, food and wine, or $5 per person admission ticket with the option to purchase dishes Information: SampletheSierra.com.   SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Foodies and wine aficionados will converge in […]

Relay for Life promotes a positive vibe

What: 14th annual El Dorado County Relay For Life Who:  American Cancer Society Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Starting Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. and ending Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. Cost: Team registration fee is $150. Individuals can also take part as well. Information: Stephanie De Bolt at 530-748-9474, […]

Annual Sierra BrewFest features many tastes

Have you ever looked at the dozens of beer choices in your local supermarket and wondered what each of them tasted like, but didn’t want to spend the money to try them all? If so, the Sierra BrewFest may just be the answer. On the other hand, you might be a connoisseur of the many […]

Coleman Johns, Eagle Scout preserving the past

New Eagle Scout Coleman Johns, 18, is on his way to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. to major in business administration, but he’s leaving a gift to the past behind him in El Dorado County. For his Eagle Scout project, the Swansboro resident made 32  headstone markers for unmarked graves in the historical Pleasant […]

Eagle Scout Dakota Ward building for future

Finnon Lake Reservoir is being renovated. Once again, one day it will be a recreation center and one of the amenities it will offer is a gazebo from which to gaze at the lake and the wildlife. The  newly built gazebo was Placerville resident Dakota Ward’s Eagle Scout project, a sturdy structure with an education […]

Western Railway Museum sponsors streetcar excursion on Aug. 27

What: A ride on Sacramento streetcars and guided tours of historic Folsom and the Folsom Powerhouse Who: Rail fans and history buffs. Where: Sacramento’s Amtrak Station, the Gold Line, downtown Folsom, and Folsom Power House State Park. When: Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Why: Clean, renewable electric-powered transportation spans more than […]

The bounty of the creative and vegetative arts grow at Art in the Orchard

What: Art in the Orchard Who: El Dorado County Arts Council, Rainbow Orchards and the Apple Hill Growers Association Where: Farms and ranches in Camino When: Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: No charge for admittance Information: 530-295-3496 or visit eldoradoartcouncil.org Celebrate the relationship between arts and agriculture on Saturday, Aug. […]

‘Miss Saigon’ is playing at Music Circus

One of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time, “Miss Saigon,” is playing at Music Circus Aug. 26-28. Music Circus productions are presented at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. The Music Circus production will star Eric Kunze as the American G.I., Chris, Ma-Anne Dionisio as Vietnamese bar girl, Kim, and […]

‘Best of the West’ offers dinner, dancing and fun

El Dorado Arts Council is throwing its biggest, baddest party of the year: “The Best of the West,” a dinner dance fundraiser held at Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larsen Drive in Camino, on Friday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu includes grilled tri-tip, local fruits and vegetables from the bounty of El Dorado […]

Photographer to teach photo techniques

Paul Cockrell’s next half day photography workshop is Saturday, Aug. 27. This workshop is an overview of digital photography and Photoshop and is geared to the beginning and intermediate level photographer. Cockrell will also go over processing HDR images using CS5. The workshop starts at 2:30 p.m. at the studio/gallery, 3629 Indian Creek Court in […]

Stepping out: A visit to Poor Reds is a trip down Memory Lane

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” — Luciano Pavarotti Poor Reds revisited A few days after I wrote about the additions to the menu at Poor Reds Bar-B-Q, the eating landmark in the town […]

A night of musical talent at the Cozmic

Bone MacDonald and Rich Driver will be singing their unique version of blues, pop and Americana tunes at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. After years of threatening, Everyman Jack has finally arrived. Hailing from the Sierra Nevada foothills, Everyman Jack is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/vocalist Bone Mac […]

Carter Brothers to play at Cozmic Café

The Carter Brothers and Mind X are performing Americana, bluegrass, folk, and folk rock music at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tim and Danny Carter have been writing, recording and performing music together professionally for 27 years. The brothers are related to the Carter Family but have never made a big deal about […]

Mediterranean Madness in Amador

Saturday, Aug. 27, is a great time to visit Vino Noceto. The month culminates with the Fall Nut Club Release of the 2009 Noceto Sangiovese and Mediterranean Madness. For one day Vino Noceto and Terre Rouge team up for the Dickson Road sale of the year to clean out the cellar before harvest. It is […]

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In the Mood evokes a time of hope at Three Stages

From the saxophone section’s opening line, joined by the trumpet section, followed by the trombones and entire orchestra, the beat of Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” is as impossible to sit still to today as it was in 1940. That year Glenn Miller was the top dance band leader in the world and “In the […]

Country band to play at Red Hawk

Local girl ShaunaLea, a member of the band Hired Guns, is following her family’s tradition of performing music from the heart. Hired Guns country band is coming to Red Hawk Casino on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Her musical roots go back to her late grandfather Billy D. Beck. He played lead guitar for […]

Hot time at the Bayley House

The Friends of the Bayley House are presenting the eighth annual Red Hot Summer Dance Party Saturday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 11:30 p.m., at the Bayley Barn, 4300 Highway 49, Pilot Hill. Come meet friends and neighbors and dance the evening away to the great music by Aftershock, a very popular local band that […]

Free Santana tribute concert this Friday

Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band, is playing at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park, on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. Conceived as a fantasy band by lead guitarist Leo Herrera and fueled into reality by the enthusiasm of friends and family members, Caravanserai is a project of love and devotion. Originally a replication […]

Performer presents special program to save animals

A program of artistic offerings will not only please the senses, it will help protect endangered species at a special event at the Cozmic Café, 549 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at noon. Scott Bright, singer and children’s author, will be using his talents to help bring awareness to children about the […]

CSUS dancers kick off season

California State University, Sacramento is proud to announce that “Dance House” will be the first interpretive dance concert of the fall season. Directed by theater and dance Professor Lorelei Bayne, “Dance House” has performances on Sept. 7-8 at 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 9-10 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m., inside Dancespace, Solano […]

Collin Raye performing at Carson Valley

Collin Raye, a five-time nominee for country music’s male vocalist of the year, will be performing live at the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the up-close setting of the Valley Ballroom in Minden, Nev. Twenty-three of Collin’s 25 singles went Top 10, while 15 of those songs went to No. 1. Some […]

CSUS fall art season opens with ‘The Spirit Basket’

“The Spirit of the Basket” opens the fall exhibition season at the Library Gallery on the California State University, Sacramento campus. Running Thursday, Sept. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 19, the free exhibit features examples of American Indian basket making from throughout North America. Many of the pieces are from the State Parks Collection and previously […]

Jug bands, folk art and crafts in Sutter Creek

The ninth annual International Jug Band Festival returns to Sutter Creek, at the Sutter Creek Inn, 75 Main St. on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is free. The line up of talent this year includes returning bands and some wonderful new groups such as Willie Norton and Amador County’s own […]

Johnny Cash tribute band brings the look and sound to Placerville

What: Concert Who: The Cash Band, a tribute to Johnny Cash Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, Aug. 26, gates open at 6 p.m., with the show scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Cost: $20 until the day of the show. On the day of the show, $25 Purchase […]

‘Wine for Words’ will be action packed

Action-packed thrillers based in science and history and spiked with murder, mystery and mayhem are  New York Times bestselling author James Rollins’ specialty. Rollins is the featured speaker at the sixth annual “Wine for Words,” a fundraising event at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. With childhood […]

At a glance: Good things are erupting

On this date in 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted. The stratovolcano destroyed and buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The citizens were captured in pumice and ash and the towns were never rebuilt. The location of the cities was kind of forgotten until the accidental rediscovery and the excavation has offered many valuable […]

As we were: Bennett Sculptures travel the world

25 Years ago Aug. 25, 1986 Local artists support educator exchange When Don Fox, creator of the Foundation for International Educational Exchange, went looking for a gift to show his appreciation to foreign government officials, he first looked close to home. As it turned out, he didn’t have to look any farther than Bennett Sculpture of […]

Grow For It! Master Gardener third annual plant sale

The Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been busy this summer, enjoying the wonderful weather and doing what they love best — gardening. Many of them have been prepping for the third annual Fall Plant Sale to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 […]

Big Time at the Shingle Springs Rancheria

What: Shingle Springs Rancheria 17th annual Big Time Who: Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Where: 5281 Honpie Road in Placerville When: Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free Information: Malissa Tayaba at 530-262-2797 or Rachel Keola 530-417-6634 A group of young Indian women from the […]

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Entrants are needed for Placerville Wiener Dog Races

What: Placerville Oktoberfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Sept. 17, 3-8 p.m. Information: 530-672-3436 or go to placerville-downtown.org Rita readies for the race, nose pointing straight ahead, paws paddling the air as she waits for the release. Then she’s off thundering down the corridor, ears flying, fur waving, intent on the finish […]