More than apples at Apple Hill festival

After a long and wet winter, the second annual Apple Hill Blossom Festival welcomes in spring with a variety of activities this weekend, Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. The Apple Hill Grower’s Association is hosting events from wine tasting, barbecues, trail runs and more at 20 different farms and vineyards. Children, teens and […]

Stepping out: Taqueria El Carnaval to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

“Salsa has now passed ketchup as America’s favorite condiment. Isn’t that amazing? You know it’s bad when even our vegetables are starting to lose their jobs to Mexico.” — Jay Leno, the “Tonight Show” Taqueria El Carnaval Taqueria El Carnaval, which is located at 4340-C Golden Center Drive (off Missouri Flat Road) has recently changed […]

Sequoia comedy night features Susan Rice

Sequoia Comedy Night at Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, is Wednesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. The headliner for the evening is Susan Rice For more than 32 years Susan Rice has been a “chatterbox” for a living. She has more than lived up to her comedy potential. Whether it’s a […]

Music and all that jazz comes to Canal Street

What: “Chicago — the Musical” Who: Studio 81 production Where: Carl Borelli  Outdoor Amphitheater, El Dorado High School, 561 Canal St., Placerville When: May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. Show starts at 8 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Available at the door, […]

Plant’s Band of Joy lets a little ‘Led’ out on its Bay Area stop

BERKELEY — “What a great evening,” Band of Joy lead singer said as he walked off the stage last Friday at the Greek Theatre on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. Yes, but it could have been even better. The singer’s remarks came from non other than Robert Plant, former frontman of Led Zeppelin, […]

Heavenly Resort wins safety awareness award

The National Ski Areas Association recently honored Heavenly Mountain Resort with one of its annual National Ski Area Safety Awards. Heavenly won the Best Safety Week Program, given to the resort that did the best job of educating employees and guests about skiing and snowboarding responsibly. Heavenly shared this honor with Vail Mountain. “Our Safety […]

HICAP seeks volunteers to help others with Medicare

Are you an energetic, computer-literate person, interested in giving back to the ommunity? Health care is a big topic in today’s news. Medicare is a complex and often confusing health insurance benefit for individuals 65 and over, as well as for younger, disabled individuals. Would you like to help people understand Medicare and assist in […]

Volunteer drivers needed for home delivered meals

Volunteer Drivers are needed in the Placerville area for the Home Delivered Meals program. Volunteer drivers commit to one day a week or serve as back-up drivers on call as needed. Delivery occurs between 10:30 a.m. – noon. For more information, call the Senior Nutrition Program at 530-621-6160. To learn more about other senior programs […]

Foster Farms announces chicken cooking contest

The West Coast’s premier Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest is inviting home, amateur and professional chefs to stir up some cooking creativity with its call for entries for the second annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest. The winning contestant will receive a grand prize of $10,000 plus a one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken. Recipes […]

‘Party for Two’ is a recipe for a successful relationship

Title: “Party for Two” Author: Bruce Cadle Publisher: Bruce Cadle — datenightchef.com Price: $14.95; softbound; 8 x 10 inches; 130 pages. Available at: Bookstores or online at Amazon.com Thousands and thousands of cookbooks are published every year in the United States. Some are general in nature and some are very specific: regional food, vegetarian, etc. […]

Master Food Preservers: Food safety recall

What do cars, children’s cribs, peanut butter, dog food, toys, and bike helmets have in common? These types of products show up on the list of items recalled due to concerns that something about all or part of the product may cause harm to the consumer who purchased the item. When it comes to food […]

Area residents can now order trees online

Tree planters in California now have a new source for affordable trees in the Arbor Day Foundation’s online tree nursery. The Arbor Day Foundation recently met all the requirements from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to ship trees from its online tree nursery to residents of the state. Now, Californians have the option […]

Local student to perform with national organization

Aubrey Ann Lawrence, daughter of Jeff and Dana Lawrence of Shingle Springs, has been selected to perform with a national performing organization known as “The Sound of American Honor Band and Chorus.” Aubrey Ann has served as a soprano in Ponderosa’s Treble Ensemble and Chamber Choir. She was one of only a few freshman to […]

Cameron Park Skate Park hosts CASL competition

The California Amateur Skate Boarding League returns to Cameron Park Skate Park Saturday, April 30. CASL started by Sonja Catalanjo and Frank Hawk over 25 years ago has been going strong ever since. The league welcomes skate boarders of all ages and levels to enter the competition. The traveling league covers Southern California to Northern […]

Gallery member creates poster of U.S. Bill of Rights

Local artist Kristi Kolln and her grammarian mother, Martha, who visits often from the East Coast, created a project together — they diagrammed the sentence structure of The Bill of Rights and made posters for sale in the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery. Martha is the author of “Understanding English Grammar” and has served […]

Sentry Storage collecting food for the hungry

Sentry Storage in Shingle Springs has benefited from the generosity of its hundreds of tenants who have donated over a 1,000 pounds of canned foods over the past year. The storage facility is now inviting the community to join in and bring non perishable food donations to Sentry Storage at 4041 Wild Chaparral Drive, Shingle […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gives a proclamation designating May as Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness continues to educate, support and advocate on behalf of families and individuals whose lives have been impacted by mental illness. NAMI wants to break through the stigma of mental […]

May is ‘Better Hearing Month’

SACRAMENTO – 34 million Americans suffer with gradual hearing loss. That’s 10 percent of the population. One in three people (age of 65 and older) struggle with hearing loss. One in six baby boomers (born 1944 – 64) now experience hearing loss. One in 14, Generation X (born 1965 – 80) shows signs of diminishing […]

Silver Screen Classic Movies presents ‘White Heat’

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, May 7, with the crime drama “White Heat” from 1949. Cody Jarrett robs, kills, does time and kills again. All for his mother. James Cagney’s psychopathic mama’s boy is mesmerizing in his intensity and rage. Daring undercover cop Edmond O’Brien schemes to bring him in. The […]

‘Celebrating Our Lives’ opens April 28

Lambda Players is proud to present “Celebrating Our Lives,” a collection of stories about love, sex and self. Writers Tom Swanner (“Opening Lines” “Countess Dracula”), Matthew Burlingame (“Recovery Mode,” “Paperclip Messiah”) and Matthew Crehan-Higgins (“Casual Sex Diaries”) share a collection of comedic and dramatic stories, scenes and skits reflecting the lives of the Lesbian, gay, […]

New director and new directions for the Gold Rush Chorus

The Gold Rush Chorus is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Nelson as its new chorus director. Nelson is well-known both locally and nationally as a choral and orchestral director. He succeeds Ray Rhymer who retired recently after 15 years of directing, teaching, coaching and inspiring the chorus. With Nelson’s appointment the chorus […]

At a glance: Can you hear me now?

On this date in 1880 F.D. Clarke and M.G. Foster received a patent for a hearing aid. This was a great help for many people and made it possible for spouces to develop selective hearing so that unwanted requests could not be heard. Good sounds There will be some good sounds at Powell’s Steamer Company, […]

Sierra Pastel Society creates spring brilliance

The Sierra Pastel Society (SPS) invites the public to attend the “Spring Brilliance” membership show at the El Dorado Arts Council Artspace Gallery at 459 Main St, Placerville, opening Monday, May 2. The show runs through June 26, with the gallery open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and a later viewing […]

Master Food Preservers: A perfect picnic

What could be more fun on a beautiful spring day than a picnic in the park?  As the weather turns warmer, the green grass and the shady spots under the trees beckon everyone to relax and enjoy an outdoor meal. Packing a delicious picnic lunch for any age group can be simple, and following a […]

Herb Blossom is going strong at (almost) 90

At the Placerville Fitquest class, Dr. Herb Blossom can be seen exercising along with about 30 other seniors, most much younger than him. He blends right in, yet he will be celebrating his 90th birthday on April 30. This Army/Air Force World War II and Korea veteran seems to be going strong. Blossom plans to […]

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Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival announces juried art show

Western, cowboy, and southwest Indian artists are invited to submit an application to participate in galleries planned as part of the Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival slated for Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 8. The juried art show will begin with a VIP champagne preview on Thursday evening followed by two full days […]

2011 Amgen Tour packed with events and entertainment

The party starts at the top, too. Lake Tahoe is hosting a 10-day celebration as a countdown before the largest cycling event in North America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, with concerts, family activities and bike-related events, May 5-14, in preparation for the Stage 1 start and finish of the race on May 15, […]

Future chefs to create appetizing entries

What: Future Chefs of El Dorado County Teen Culinary Competition Who: Future Chefs of El Dorado County Foundation Where: Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St. in Placerville When: Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. and the doors open at 2 p.m. Cost: $25 for premium tickets (includes wine tasting) or $15 for general admission (no wine tasting) […]

Broadway’s ‘Memphis’ hits the big screen

“Memphis,” Broadway’s current Tony Award winning Best Musical, is hitting big screens nationwide for an exclusive four-night run on Thursday, April 28; Saturday, April 30; and Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinée on Sunday, May 1 (all times are local). It will be presented in more than 530 movie theaters nationwide, […]

Truckee RibFest set for Father’s Day

TRUCKEE – The second annual Truckee RibFest is slated for Father’s Day, June 19 at Citizens Bank Plaza from 1 to 6 p.m. This fun and casual foodie event will offer folks a chance to sample delicious ribs prepared by the best chefs in the area — a perfect afternoon outing for hungry dads and […]

Dancers to perform at Art & Wine Affaire

The El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire will host El Dorado Dance Academy’s performing companies Kaleidoscope Productions at the Art & Wine Affaire on Saturday, May 7. Dancers will begin their performance at 11:20 a.m. and will include a variety of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and polynesian. For more information […]

Jackson Rancheria presents ‘Cool Blues and Hot Jazz’

The 33rd annual Mother Lode Hot Jazz Party will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1. This year’s party promises to be the best ever with the addition of an evening of cool blues and consolidation of the entire event into one location. Instead of moving both performers and party goers […]

Amador Home Show coming soon

With themes of home, garden and lifestyle, the Amador Home and Lifestyle Show is set for June 4 and 5 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Produced by Starbright Productions in Grass Valley, the Show has a partner in Rick Sanders of Fiddletown. Sander’s company, Integrity Marketing, will assist in many aspects of the event and […]

Crocker offers unique Thursday evening experience

SACRAMENTO – The Crocker Art Museum continues the popular program series, “Thursdays ‘til 9,” this spring. The museum is open every Thursday until 9 p.m., offering visitors a chance to explore the many forms of art. “Thursdays ‘til 9 lets visitors choose what kind of art experience they want to have — whether through film, […]

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership teams up with local non-profit farm

Two local Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members, Jessie Olson and Tyler Schade, are giving a day of service for César Chávez day to Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova. As AmeriCorps members, Olson and Schade work for organizations devoted to watershed education, conservation and restoration. As Conservation Assistant, Olson works for the El Dorado […]

As we were: Tourism to stimulate economy

25 Years ago April 27, 1986 Tourism workshop GRASS VALLEY — As a major component of Gov. George Deukmejian’s recently announced plan to stimulate the economies of rural California counties and to assist them in the development of their tourism potential, the Department of Commerce and Office of Tourism Workshop for the Gold Country region […]

Local Girl Scouts send 1,000 origami cranes to scouts in Japan

Following the devastating tragedy in Japan, several troops of Girl Scouts in El Dorado County came together to send an expression of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan. Girls from five different troops (and a few supportive brothers) met at Holy Trinity School to work toward their goal of folding 1,000 origami cranes. […]

Daniel Douke’s ‘Bytes of Reality’ on View at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum is presenting an exhibition featuring 24 works by Southern California artist Daniel Douke in “Daniel Douke: Bytes of Reality,” on view to July 17. Douke’s work involves the photorealistic depiction of manufactured packaging—merging painting with sculpture and challenging our assumptions about reality and artifice. Douke responds to everyday experience by rendering […]

Grow for it: Aggressive garden plants

Sometimes the home gardener selects an attractive plant for the landscape only to find out later that it is aggressive, and, if left untended, takes over more of the planting area than was intended. These plants do not fall within the definition of weeds, because they are wanted in the garden but, like weeds, they […]

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EDMT to hold auditions for ‘Curtains’

El Dorado Musical Theatre kicks off the summer with auditions for “Curtains,” 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. “Curtains” is a whodunit murder mystery rolled into a musical. Set in 1959 Boston, […]

Fun gets bigger at the state fair

“The Fun Just Got Bigger!” is the theme for the 2011 California State Fair, July 14-31. Early plans indicate Poppy, the State Fair mascot, has been scouring the California landscape identifying big and amazing attractions for the public to enjoy at this annual summer event held at Cal Expo in Sacramento. “The State Fair loves […]

Jazz at Lincoln Center and Pink Martini at Mondavi Center

What: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis When: 8 p.m., Saturday, June 18 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus Ticket price: $35, $57, $68 What: Pink Martini When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 5 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus Ticket prices: $35, $60, $75 Two exciting big bands will […]

Lod Mosaic Comes to the Legion of Honor

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is one of only four museums in the United States to display a glorious Roman mosaic before  its final and permanent installation in Lod, Israel. “The Marvelous Menagerie” exhibit, April 23-July 24,  showcases this treasure that dates to about AD 300. First unearthed in 1996 in a rescue excavation in […]

Impressionists spend summer at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum is showcasing three remarkable exhibitions under the title of  “The Summer of Impressionism.” The series of exhibitions now open at the museum follow the journey of Impressionism from France to the U.S. With a strong emphasis on landscape paintings, the exhibitions collectively feature works by renowned French and American artists alongside […]

Mondavi Center adds Tony Bennett to current season

What: Tony Bennett Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis Campus When: 8 p.m.,Wednesday, May 25 Tickets: $125, $80, $50, by phone  530-754-2787; 866-754-2787 (toll-free); 530-754-5402 (TDD) or online at  MondaviArts.org The Mondavi Center, UC Davis announces Tony Bennett, appearing Wednesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Like the variety of performances in the robust 2010-11 season, this […]