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 […]

Reggae at the Lake features Ky-mani Marley

Late-Nite and Renegade Productions are proud to present Reggae at the Lake and the Reggae Revolution Tour featuring Ky-mani Marley and Gramps Morgan from Morgan Heritage. Reggae at the Lake is Sunday, July 17, at Cal Neva Resort, 2 Stateline Road in Crystal Bay, Nev. This is an all ages show. Doors open at 8 p.m. They are fresh off […]

‘Bloodline’ shows movie talent right here

The Sacramento region may not be Hollywood North just yet, but if the premiere of the full-length thriller “Bloodline” at Three Stages on June 24 is any indication, it won’t be long. A sell-out crowd greeted the cast and gave “two thumb up” to the 103-minute thriller. In a question-and-answer time after the showing, 27-year-old […]

Gold Step Studio looking for Golden 100

Local bands Element of Soul and Late For Dinner will perform at Gold Step Studios on 617 Main St., Placerville, on Saturday, July 9, to promote the studio’s Golden 100 Membership Drive event. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the event will consist of class demonstrations, information booths, live registrations, contributor awards ceremony, prizes, auction items, […]

Placerville artists wins national award

Multi-award winning Placerville artist and teacher Lorrene Baum-Davis has won first prize in the metal clay category from a national jewelry supply company for her Legends No. 7: a ring comprised of fine silver, dichroic glass with a diamond set in a 14k gold tube bezel. The Legends series of rings has been well received […]

Photography exhibit on the Divide

The Art on the Divide Gallery continues its artist of the month event with featured artist Andrea Dodson. Her photographs will be on display at the gallery for the month of July, and the public is invited to a reception to meet the artist and view her artwork on Sunday, July 10, from 2 to […]

Follow EDMT’s White Rabbit

What: “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Who: El Dorado Musical Theater Where: Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 17. Information: edmt.info Curiosity led Alice to follow the White Rabbit into Wonderland. What happened next? Well, director Rick Wilson asked his cast, “Have you ever had a crazy dream?” “Yes,” they replied. “Did everything […]

Big fun in a small world

What kind of toy lasts for 102 years through five generations of little hands and a cross-country move? If you guessed something made of cast-iron, you’d be wrong. A huge three-story wooden dollhouse is still one of Carol Vasco’s great granddaughters’ favorite things to play with. It was lovingly built-in 1909 by Vasco’s grandfather, Henry […]

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El Dorado County wines are golden

The California State Fair Wine Competition has been in existence since 1854 — it is 157 years of evaluating the wines crafted by California winemakers. The 2011 competition should go down as a proud moment for all the wineries in the Sierra Foothills Appellation — more importantly for the wineries in El Dorado wine country. […]

At a glance: Take time to read the Declaration

The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to publish the Declaration of Independence on this date in 1776. It’s pretty cool that California’s oldest newspaper — the Mountain Democrat — keeps this tradition and prints the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. Everyone should really read it and pay attention to what […]

As we were: Contestants enter Miss El Dorado pageant

25 Years ago July 2, 1986 Bowen, Kain are latest contestants The latest entries in the 1986 Miss El Dorado contest are Julie Bowen and Tracy Kain. The 1986 Miss El Dorado will be crowned during ceremonies July 31, opening day of the El Dorado County Fair. Pageant director is Vivian Ellison. Bowen, 16, is the […]

Grow For It! What’s Eating the Tomatoes?

So there is an unwanted visitor in the garden. It is eating precious new vegetation and even snacking on painstakingly placed irrigation piping and it is stealthy and crafty. You have yet to witness it sneaking through the garden fence. If you wait long enough, it may become bold enough to be seen entering and […]

‘Radical Sabbatical’ brings busy family together

When Joanne Kraft answered the door, she didn’t quite look like the picture of someone who’d learned how to slow down. She forgot a Cameron Park Life writer and photographer were coming. The 43-year-old wife and mother of four has a great excuse. She’s in the middle of a publicity tour for her first book, […]

Francis Smith — a Navy pilot’s faith carried him through

As a Navy fighter pilot in World War II, Francis William Smith of Cameron Park had a lot of harrowing experiences. It is something that Smith, 87, doesn’t dwell on, nor does he talk about it much. One of the scariest things Ensign Smith experienced, though, was during training. The orders were to follow the […]

Women’s Fund El Dorado awards community grants

The Women’s Fund El Dorado has recently awarded $50,000 in its fourth year of awarding grants to community organizations that serve some of the most vulnerable groups on the Western Slope of El Dorado County. The fund established in 2007 by Katy Peek, Madeleine Tammi and Stephanie Kresse operates under the auspices of the El […]

Master Food Preservers: Using basil

Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures stimulate all of the garden plants, but the basil plant seems to enjoy the summer weather better than all the other herbs. Perhaps the plant knows how much people yearn for the fresh taste of basil in spaghetti sauces, pesto and lasagna. Perhaps it knows that its distinctive taste […]

Heavenly news: Becoming an observatory docent

Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory volunteers get asked a lot of questions; it just goes with the territory. “How far away is that star?” “Is Pluto really a planet?” A 6-year-old with an adult, “How come it’s dark at night?” Volunteers certainly don’t know all the answers but that doesn’t stop them from trying. […]

Tahoe’s Granlibakken is a base camp for summer tradition

TAHOE CITY – Memories of July 4 family weekends and summer camp — simpler times at the Lake with biking, swimming, rafting and fireworks — are an ongoing family tradition at Granlibakken Resort (Granlibakken.com) on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. The sunny 74-acre resort offers summer-long activities on and off site, including a new day spa, […]

Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso on show at the de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — The de Young Museum announces a major exhibition by the seminal artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. The exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris,” runs through Oct. 9, in the Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries. This exhibition of 150 important paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings created by Pablo Picasso […]

Gypsy jazz to fill the Fountain Plaza

Music in the Courtyard in the Fountain Plaza at 312 Main St. in Placerville presents Jazz Gitan on Saturday, July 2. The free concert in the courtyard behind the Cary House Hotel is from 3 to 6 p.m. The three members of Jazz Gitan — Don Price, lead guitar; Ken Billeci, rhythm guitar; and Jane Thompson, double bass […]

Camp-California.com is a handy guide for camping

Many campgrounds, RV parks and resorts are booked solid for July 4 weekend. But Camp-California.com has identified more than 73 parks across the state that have yet to fill up for the holiday weekend. “There are privately owned campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in many areas of California that still have a few spots left […]

Stepping out: Windwalker Vineyard and Winery scores big

“This wine is too good for toast-drinking my dear. You don’t want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste.” — Ernest Hemingway Congratulations Windwalker Winery I have been keeping a close eye on commercial wine competition around California for the past 20 or so years. During that time more […]

Pollock Pines celebrates the Fourth of July

Pollock Pines is celebrating the Fourth of July with a parade and an all-day country fair. Family fun begins with a Firehouse Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Then everyone can set up their chairs early along Pony Express Trail for the parade beginning at noon. There will be vendors in the El Dorado […]

Summer Spectacular is a blast at Cameron Park Lake

The 12th annual Summer Spectacular and Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 2, at Cameron Park Lake will be a full day and evening of fun. For the past 11 years the Cameron Park Community Services District has provided this fabulous fireworks event. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed an evening filled with great musical entertainment, food and […]

Performers invited to open mic at the Market on Friday

This Friday afternoon, July 1, the Market stage welcomes local musicians to participate in an open mic night. Following the success of last week’s jam session with Tamra Godey and friends, the Market will enjoy a free form and unscripted open jam. Cover tunes and original compositions will share the shaded stage. If you play […]

See stars under the stars at the library

Filmfare offers summer fun for the whole family. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and sit on the front lawn of the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, and enjoy offbeat and often silly projector films. Catch a special showing of the 1979 Oscar-winning film “Breaking Away” on Saturday, July 2, at 8:45 […]

Virginia and Truckee Railroad offers Fourth of July train

Virginia and Truckee Railroad is offers a Monday, July 4 train, an extension of the V&T’s usual schedule running Friday to Sunday. The train ride includes narration and views of summer colors across the rugged Wild West landscape. The trips depart from the Eastgate Depot on Flint Drive, a roundtrip or one-way ride of your […]

Discover a wacky world at Olde Coloma Theatre

“Roman Romanni’s Remarkable Retrospective” or “Heels Over Head” is opening at Olde Coloma Theatre Friday, July 1. The show is written and directed by Lauren Williams. In the melodrama the audience is taken into the rarely seen world of side show performers as a young heroine, Amelia Rose, continues searching for the father she never knew. Will the […]

An explosion of fun at the Family Blast

The annual Family Blast at El Dorado Fairgrounds is Saturday, July 2. The gates open at 4 p.m. for fun family time. Celebrants can pack the picnic basket or cooler with summer snacks, bring a propane barbecue and good things for the grill and toss in the dancing shoes for a wonderful experience. Pets, charcoal barbecues […]

Henry’s Steakhouse presents holiday brunch

Red Hawk Casino has delicious dining available for the holiday weekend. The award-winning Henry’s Steakhouse is offering a Backyard Brunch on Sunday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just a few of the tasty menu options include caviar deviled eggs, freshly shucked oysters, Mexican extra large white shrimp with a tangy cocktail sauce, […]

Amador Fair Aid rocks the foothills this Saturday

The people will have their say Saturday, July 2, as 14 music acts compete in the Amador County Fair Foundation’s “Amador Fair Aid,” sponsored by KVGC AM 1340, the Amador Ledger Dispatch, TSPN TV and the Jackson Rancheria Resort and Casino. Following the Trucks, Tractors and Trikes Parade in downtown Plymouth at 11 a.m., 14 […]

Conquer the mountain with Heavenly’s new summer pass

HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN — For the first time ever, Heavenly Mountain Resort is offering a summer season pass which allows guests unlimited access to ride the gondola to 9,136 feet, sightsee from amazing heights at the observation deck and hike Heavenly’s gorgeous mountain trails. The pass also includes unlimited rides on Tamarack Express, a six-person, high-speed […]

Mondavi Center adds another concert

DAVIS — Return to Forever IV, the definitive jazz/rock fusion ensemble, will make its Mondavi Center debut on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The performance, presented as a “Just Added” event for the 2011-12 season, will begin at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis. Tickets […]

At a glance: There is plenty to do

Now that the weather has finally heated up, the activity level is also heating up. There is a lot to do and the pace picks up for the rest of the summer. Wild time A really fun presentation is happening at the Cameron Park Library, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park when the Wild […]

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Golden event to raise community awareness

Since Gold Step Studios opened its doors in November of 2010, a series of positive community events and classes has taken off. Gold Step Studios is striving to continue its growth as a safe and productive studio for everyone in El Dorado County. On Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Gold Step […]

Grow For It! Gopher control

The pocket gopher is the bane of foothill gardeners. A single gopher can inflict considerable damage to a garden or landscape in very little time. Fortunately there are several effective methods to control gophers, including relying on natural controls and excluding the access to the plant, trapping, or using poison baits. Since the California Fish […]

Mingle with Tangled Roots at Powell’s

Tangled Roots is a great name for this band. Tangling mind, spirit and heartfelt soul, these four minstrels bring their music to life. Leader of the group, singer-songwriter Rick “Big Daddy” Hussong shares a lifetime of stories with his music and lays down the rhythm with acoustic-electric guitar and dobro. He is locked into the […]