Learn to paint like the masters

Do you love realistic style paintings like the “Mona Lisa” or the works of William Bougeureau? Do you wonder how the artist can create such beautiful images? Do you prefer the section of the art museum that features the works of the Renaissance masters? Have you ever had the desire to create such beautiful works […]

Fairytale Town rounds up western entertainmentwestern june 11

Hitch up the wagon and mosey on over to Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, for its annual fundraiser, “Humpty’s Western Round-Up” on Saturday, June 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. Every good cowboy can rope a steer, but a great cowboy can delight the crowds with whirling roping tricks. Watch as trick roper, James […]

Cantare Chorale presents summer concert

Following the cancellation of Cantare Chorale’s spring concert due to a May snow storm in Pollock Pines, a new date has been set for the summer concert and “Everything is still Coming Up Roses.” This song is from the broadway play “Gypsy” written by Stephen Sondheim. To highlight this and many more show tunes, Cantare […]

Concert to benefit Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, welcomes the return of two-time Grammy Award winning artist Mary Youngblood with Sisters of the Earth and the Old West Trio on Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. Silver Wave Records says, “… Mary Youngblood has always had the talent to stand out above the crowd, and with […]

Barbera fest is Saturday, June 11

The 2011 Barbera Festival is Saturday, June 11. The festival is an outdoor wine and food event focusing on barbera wines at Cooper Ranch in Shenandoah Valley alongside celebrated barbera vines. More than 60 wineries will pour and restaurants and caterers will be offering gourmet food. There will be live music, art and artisan crafts to enjoy […]

| Posted in Prospecting | 1 Reply

2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel

It was 1998 when Ford revamped its heavy duty truck line and brought us the Super Duty. A big burly truck that was meant for working and not the faint of heart. With its huge diesel it could move your entire home just by wrapping the home with an anchor chain and dragging it behind […]

| Posted in Prospecting | 1 Reply

Special Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Building

All active duty personnel, military recruiters, veterans and their families, friends and the public are invited to celebrate “Flag Day” on Tuesday, June 14, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The veterans organizations of El Dorado County have purchased and installed new flag poles for the National Flag, POW-MIA, California State […]

Daylily Days at Amador Flower Farm

What: 15th Annual Daylily Days Who: Amador Flower Farm Where: Amador Flower Farm, 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth When: Saturday and Sunday, June 25, and 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 209 245-6660, amadorflowerfarm.com Why: Peak bloom at Amador Flower Farm and Nursery A weekend of bloomin’ fun is planned for Amador Flower Farm’s 15th […]

Get ready to run the El Dorado Trail

Runners, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts will take to the trails on Saturday, Oct. 8, when local nonprofit InAlliance hosts the third annual Gold Rush Fun Run and Walk fundraiser on the El Dorado Trail beginning in Placerville. Participants will weave their way through the Sierra Nevada Foothills in 10 mile, 10K, 5K and 1 mile […]

Master Food Preservers: What is a pluot?

Sometimes trying to add variety and interest to wholesome food leads to new food discoveries. The government Website, fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov, encourages families to try a vast variety of fruits and vegetables, and provides information about the food as well as recipes that taste great. The fruit of the month for June is actually two fruits; pluots […]

At a glance: Cleaning house suck!

On this date in 1869, Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patented the vacuum cleaner. This immediately started the jokes about how much it sucks to clean house.  Clean up It will be a great place to clean up on business information at the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer on Wednesday, June 8, […]

Discover heaven in Shingle Springs

There’s new wine, new grapes and new blood at the former Sogno Winery in Shingle Springs. There’s also a new name: Cielo Estates. John Quiroz of El Dorado Hills and his partners Bill Manson and Carrie Nave-Manson have taken the reins of the 41 acre winery. The new owners will introduce themselves at the grand […]

As we were: Pony Express rides again

25 Years ago June 6, 1986 Riders sworn in for reride By URSULA SMITH POLLOCK PINES — Quick now, how many states does the Pony Express traverse? … Even the least informed knows the Pony Express starts in California and ends in Missouri (and vice versa) but which are the ones in between? … The riders […]

No damp spirits at Coloma Blues Live!

COLOMA — A steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the several hundred “hard core” blues fans who attended the 2011 edition of Coloma Blues Live! on Saturday. Henningsen Lotus Park was full of umbrellas, canopies and vinyl clad characters like Muriel Flores of Sacramento, who celebrated an anniversary of sorts in Lotus Saturday. Seated […]

Kids empower other kids

Bullying has been linked with low self esteem, school violence and poor grades. Taking a giant step to combat bullying in middle schools, students from the Herbert Green Middle School SPIRIT Team partnered with students from Union Mine and Shenandoah high schools to offer “Kai Zen — Change for the better — One Action at […]

Matthew Olson is West Point bound and focused

It’s a big jump from the quiet peace of the fields along Ponderosa Roads to the cloistered, granite structures of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, but Matthew Olson is eager to join the Long Gray Line of West Point graduates like George S.Patton, Robert E. Lee and Dwight D. Eisenhower. […]

Heavenly news: The Summer Triangle

This month spring begins to wind down and the days become longer. As the evenings hopefully become warmer and more pleasant, take the opportunity to reconnect with, or perhaps meet for the first time, the Summer Triangle. An asterism shaped like an off-kilter ice cream cone, the Summer Triangle is composed of three stars in […]

The past inspires the art of the present

An ensemble of premier drummers dedicated to the American art of taiko, TAIKOPROJECT brings the celebrated tradition of Japanese percussion to Three Stage at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. “In a time when the eyes of the world have been so focused on the multiple disasters in Japan, the power of taiko […]

Food Bank to benefit from Valhalla Renaissance Faire

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Food Bank of El Dorado County is partnering with one of South Lake Tahoe’s most popular annual attractions — the 19th annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire . The annual fair presents themed events where the sights, sounds, tastes and the beauty of the 16th Century comes alive with the return of […]

Benefit barbecue for Robin Elliot

On Saturday, June 4, friends of Robin Elliot are hosting a barbecue lunch and prizes benefit. The event is to help ease some of the mounting medical bills Elliot has incurred since she suffered two heart attacks during the month of May. The fundraiser for the El Dorado County life-long resident will be at the Rusty […]

Artist Dodrill opens show at Pop Art

Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is hosting a new art show this month with featured artist Marjorie Dodrill. Her work is showing through June 30. The Placerville artist’s works include watercolor horse, acrylic beach scenes, Yosemite and local historical spots in Coloma. The natural light in the gallery provides […]

Jay Woody at WineSmith

Jay Woody is playing at the WineSmith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 4. Singer and songwriter Jay Woody (James Woodward) has a rich background as an El Dorado County entertainer. In 1974 he was performing as a solo artist in South Lake Tahoe before moving to Pollock Pines and joining the Gold Mountain […]

Rumpshacker rocks at the Market

The Rumpshaker Blues Band opens the Market Summer Concert Series Friday, June 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. Headquartered in Rocklin, Rumpshaker has played gigs across the foothills and will rock everyone’s socks off.  High energy and a solid grounding in the blues classics are trademarks of the group. The audience will hear influences from […]

Stepping out: It is always nice to be the bearer of gifts

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!” — Albert Einstein Bearing gifts A couple of weeks ago we had a party at my daughter’s house in Fair Oaks honoring the family’s May birthdays, which is most of the family. My son Steve’s birthday is May 22 while his son James was born […]

Weekend with the winemakers in Fair Play

Join the family wineries of Fair Play for a weekend with the winemakers on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy wine tasting, gourmet fare, educational demonstrations, entertainment, wine specials, and many more features during this two-day event. In addition to access to all of the festivities, participants […]

Coloma Blues Live! rocks into sixth year

What: Coloma Blues Live! Who: El Dorado Arts Council Where: On the river in Lotus at Henningsen-Lotus Park When: June 4, gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at 11 a.m. Cost: Adult tickets $45 in advance, $55 at the gate, children 7 – 12 $10, children under 7 free Parking: $5 – shuttle from fire house […]

“Santo Cielo!” (Good heavens) Sogno Winery is now Cielo Estates

  There’s new wine, new grapes and new blood at the former Sogno Winery in Shingle Springs. There’s also a new name: “Cielo Estates.” John Quiroz of El Dorado Hills and his partners Bill Manson and Carrie Nave-Manson have taken the reins of the 41 acre estate which hold the distinction of being the Sacramento […]

At a glance: Wine, fun and song

It will be a busy time in El Dorado County and here are a few things to do. Greg at Powell’s Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St., is a super place to hear some great music and on Thursday, June 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. Greg Costa is singing covers and originals. […]

Steeplechase presents problem in the park

Students from El Dorado, Golden Sierra, Oak Ridge, Ponderosa and Union Mine high schools tackled 10 problems during the 27th annual El Dorado County Math Steeplechase. The winners of the competition held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma were: ninth grade — first Ponderosa High School, 837 points; and second place, Oak […]

On the spot: Steve Crandell

Age: 65 Residence: Placerville Hometown: York, Maine Occupation: Owner, Historic Images Restoration Hobby: Historical photos Favorite movie: Clint Eastwood pictures Favorite book: Anything by John Steinbeck Favorite vacation spot: Bahamas Something no one knows about you: “I ran a halfway house for Vietnam veterans in Alameda.” Best quality: Helping people  

| Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Grow for it! How much water

One of the most important gardening principles is knowing how to properly water plants. Plants will die or fail to thrive from both too much and too little water. Determining the right amount of water is not easy and is a mark of a gardener’s accomplishment. The amount will change depending upon the temperature, humidity, […]

As we were: Big concert for Marshall Foundation

25 Years ago June 2, 1986 Reba McEntire, John Schneider Rodeo, concert this month The fastest growing rodeo in the west is returning to Placerville Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21. Friday night, June 20, has been declared “El Dorado County Night” and action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the “rodeo arena” at […]

Have wheels, will travel

Bumper to bumper traffic, jockeying for a parking space and finding they’ve run out of something by the time you arrive — a familiar experience for American commuters, including those who traveled overland to California by covered wagon. Pioneer wagons shared the road, and the resources of the trail, with freight wagons, stage coaches, mail wagons, […]

Dr. Martin Welsh documentary to debut at Three Stages

“How can you live life to its fullest, right up to the end? ” It’s a fact: 80 percent of us say that when our time comes, we would prefer to die at home surrounded by those we love — not in a healthcare facility. In reality, 75 percent of us will actually die in a […]

Young Life to hold annual garage sale

El Dorado County Young Life will be holding its ninth annual garage sale to benefit kids on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Green Valley Road. All proceeds will benefit Young Life’s efforts to reach kids across El Dorado County. […]

National Merit Scholarship winners named

National Merit $2,500 Scholarships winners were announced by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Chaaru A. Dingankar from Oak Ridge High School is a 2011 National Merit Scholarship winner. His probable career […]

Aubrey Hutchenson to attend summer conference

Aubrey Hutcheson, Ponderosa High School class of 2013, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC), on Journalism and Mass Communication this summer at UC Berkeley. During the conference, Aubrey will attend specialized workshops and classes designed to develop the skills and traits that define a leader. Leading professionals and professors […]

History comes alive at Gold Oak

While schools face budget cut backs, loosing programs such as P.E., arts and music, Gold Oak School’s Living History Day promotes all these and more. Gold Oak School gears up for its annual Living History Day, and thanks to the school’s PTA, each grade gets to create its own art project in class that can […]

Foothill dining: Celebrate summer with tasty barbecue

A great way to impress guests or family at a backyard barbecue is with these two new recipes from McCormick. These easy-to-follow recipes will be sure to steal the show all summer long. Celebrate America with brewpub burgers and caramelized chipotle onions. Backyard Brew Marinade and beer will add unmistakable flavor and moistness to burgers. This […]

Highway 50 is open for Memorial Day and more

Highway 50 over Echo Summit will be open with no controls every weekend, including Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. The construction project to replace a rock wall barrier has reached the point providing one-way, alternating-lane controlled access weekdays for up to six weeks. “Everything’s a go for summer, especially with the warmer weather,” said Carol Chaplin, […]

Rising comedian headlines Comedy Showcase

The next Comedy Showcase at Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House features rising comedian, Kellen Erskin. Erskine is appearing Wednesday, June 1. Erskine is a past finalist at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He plays in comedy clubs, country clubs and colleges around the country. He was selected by Eddie Brill (talent coordinator of […]

Hot Gypsy jazz at Zia’s

Jazz Gitan is back at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. The jazz ensemble carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during the Paris jazz scene during the 1930s and ’40s, plus a cross-section of songs from the modern Gypsy […]

Air Force Airman Brandon T. Daugherty (Photo)

Air Force Airman Brandon T. Daugherty graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. 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 an […]

Seaman Anthony LaSarte

Anthony LaSarte,Seaman Recruit, E-1, graduated from the Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. on March 25. Basic training included weapons training, fire-fighting, shipboard damage control, basic seamanship, physical fitness and Battle Stations—a 12 hour simulation of an attack on a ship. He graduates from Machinist Mate Apprentice School in June and is assigned […]

Wine and more in Fair Play

This year Skinner Vineyards and Winery will be one of the three new wineries participating in the 27th annual Fair Play Wine Festival that takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, from 11 until 5, each day. A total of 18 Fair Play wineries will participate. The other new wineries are Mellowood […]