‘Big Red’ time at Sierra Vista

It’s harvest time at Sierra Vista Winery and the winery personnel are celebrating with a good old-fashioned barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. For $20 a person enjoy the flavors of grilled pork tenderloin with Barbara’s house rub paired with the 2006 Old Clone Zinfandel. The stuffed mushrooms with goat cheese […]

Markleeville artists celebrate fall

Fall has started to make its presence known in the eastern Sierra and the small village of Markleeville will be welcoming its arrival with the ninth annual Markleeville Artists Autumn Open Studio Tour. The theme for the ninth annual Markleeville Autumn Open Studio Tour is “A Day in the Village.” The public is invited to […]

Stepping out: The Apple Hill Growers do it right

“Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.” — Josh Billings It ain’t just apples folks Last week I joined a small group for a short tour of the Camino and Pollock Pines areas. It was sponsored by the Apple Hill Grower’s Association and we spent almost four […]

Discover secrets at Olde Coloma Theater

“The Secret of the Attic” or “It Just Ghost to Show” is opening Friday, Sept. 30, at Olde Coloma Theatre, 380 Monument Road in Coloma. The characters ponder the concept of a house with no attic. Nellie (Meghan Lacombe) finds that hard to believe. Don’t all houses have attics? Well, according to Nellie’s Aunt Wendy (Melynda […]

Artist Marjorie Dodrill exhibits at four venues

During October El Dorado County artist Marjorie Dodrill will be in four different art venues. Dodrill is an oil and acrylic painter of landscapes, seascapes and large detailed flowers. After a teaching career and living in Europe and throughout the United States with her military career husband, she has lived in Placerville for the past […]

Special evening to rescue community center

What: Evening in Rescue — Food and Wine Experience Under the Stars Who: Rescue Community Center board of directors Where: Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Road in Rescue When: Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 11 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $35 for dinner and $40 at the door the night of the event Information: Mary at 530-676-8740 or Tim at […]

Union Mine jazz band to perform

What: Union Mine High School Jazz Band’s barbecue tri-tip Who: Union Mine High School Music Boosters Where: The Cosmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 1. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the jazz band performance is at 8 p.m. Cost: $35 for dinner and performance. Concert alone is $10 Information: Alison Lara […]

Wedding Trevor and Jillian Becker

Jillian Drennian of Placerville and Trevor Becker of Rancho Cordova were married on Saturday, Sept. 3. The bride is the daughter of Paul and Dawn Hubbard of El Dorado. She is employed at the American Hart Association in Sacramento as a receptionist. The groom is the son of Richard Becker of Sacramento. He is employed at […]

At a glance: It’s football night in America

On this date in 1892, football fans had another reason to celebrate. It was the first night game and it was played in Mansfield, Pa. Non-fans were not thrilled and there were many cold dinners that night. Maybe that’s why there are more food choices at football games so fans won’t go hungry. Fun night […]

Grow For It! Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are easy to grow and produce long lasting blooms and beautiful garden color. There are 160 species of “mums” with diverse blooms, sizes and foliage textures. Chrysanthemum blooms are composed of many individual flowers or florets. At the center are the disk florets. Ray florets are found on the perimeter. One of the most […]

Soldier wins singing contest

CAMP WALKER, South Korea. On Friday, Sept. 16, Pvt. Valerie Newbauer of Shingle Springs, daughter of Amy and Jeff Dale (also of Shingle Springs) competed in a singing competition held at Cp. Walker in Deagu, South Korea. Operation Rising Star is an annual singing competition held in Korea for American service members and their families. […]

As we were: Gold Hill Intertie construction to start

25 Years ago Sept. 29, 1986 Gold Hill Intertie contract awarded Construction of the Gold Hill Intertie moved closer to reality, following the selection of a contractor, Syblon-Reid Co. of Folsom. Syblon-Reid came with the low bid of $5.379 million. The Gold Hill Intertie construction award was approved in a 5-1 vote of the El […]

Library lights the way to learning

Natural light from windows and skylights pours into the El Dorado County Library in Cameron Park at 2500 Country Club Drive. Colorful banners by artist Margaret Welty draw the eye upward while artwork on the walls provides another pop of color and texture. This library is a vibrant place, full of the business of living. […]

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Foothill gourmet: Fall is time for appetizers

With weekend football games and several seasonal holiday celebrations approaching, fall is an excellent time to think about preparing delicious appetizers. My approach to entertaining is to rely on several tried and true recipes, then present a new one. Since the tried and true recipes are delicious, I don’t worry. Trying a new recipe that […]

Memoir shares a fascinating and determined life

Book: “A Persistent Woman — A Memoir” Author: Rita Kathryn Gordon Publisher: dog ear, July 2011, 131 pages Rita Kathryn Gordon is a persistent woman. Born as the Great Depression was coming to an end, she became a female Corpsman in the Navy during the Korean War, the mother of four girls who were teenagers […]

El Dorado County Main Library — the hub of action

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about the library system in El Dorado County. This article focuses on the El Dorado County Main Library in Placerville. In upcoming articles, we will present a profile of the individual branches — their unique characteristics and the patrons they serve. The El Dorado County Main […]

Engagement Chelsey Lee and Ryan Shanks

Chelsey Lee and Ryan Shanks, both of Placerville, have announced their engagement to be married. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dennis and Laurie Lee of Placerville. She is a graduate of El Dorado High School and attended California State University, Humboldt. She works at Marshall Hospital as a registered nurse. The groom-elect is the […]

‘Connections Through Fiber’ at the de Young

The de Young’s artist-in-residence program returns after a short hiatus with “Glenda Joyce Hape: Connections Through Fiber,” Oct. 5 to 30, in the Kimball Education Gallery in San Francisco. Hape, a Maori artist living and working in New Zealand, has had an interest in weaving for as long as she can remember. In recent years, […]

Tepid Club of Cool jazzes it up

Music fans can jazz it up at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, this weekend, Friday, Sept. 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Tepid Club of Cool 
is making another appearance and bringing its passion for the big band era. Steaming vocals by the boys on an array of instruments from guitar, stand up […]

Find treasures on Main Street

What: The Antique Street Fair Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Sunday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: No admission fee Information: placerville-downtown.org or call 530-672-3436 The Antique Street Fair will be hosted by the Placerville Downtown Association on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Placerville. In its […]

Stepping out: A fun stroll around Burke Junction

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” — John Gunther Burke Junction in Cameron Park Last Saturday I was again invited to judge at the annual Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Chili Cook-off, which, this year, was held at Burke Junction in Cameron Park. This was a new venue for this outstanding event and 15 chili […]

Sons of San Joaquin to perform

AmadorArts is proud to be presenting a concert at Helwig Winery in Plymouth by musicians known around the world as the undisputed standard bearers of the Western music genre, the Sons of the San Joaquin. On Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 5 p.m., Jack, Joe and Lon Hannah will perform powerful, three-part harmonies that tell […]

Cool stuff at museum

When word got out into the community that the Folsom History Museum folks were thinking about doing an exhibit featuring “stuff that people collect” Pam Conrad, the exhibit curator became inundated with calls from people wanting to share their collections. “It is amazing what people collect. It has been such fun putting this exhibit together. […]

Art at the junction

Burke Junction announces its last Saturday Art Walk of the year. The businesses in Burke Junction invite the public to stop by 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Saturday, Sept. 24 for Art in the Breezeway. Many local artists from El Dorado and Sacramento counties will have their art work on display from 5 […]

‘Father of the Bride’ continues through Sept. 24

‘Father of the Bride’ continues to delight audiences at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The show concludes with the final matinée on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. This story set in the 1950s is about a doting father who faces mountains of bills and endless trials […]

Paul Cockrell to hold open studio show

Paul Cockrell Photography will hold its sixth annual Fall Open Studio show at his studio and gallery in Placerville. His studio and gallery is an old farmhouse on five acres that is filled with art and local antique implements. The studio will be open noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sep […]

Two-night fest features 30 bands

FOLSOM — Eddie Money, who catapulted to double-platinum status for Top 40 hits like “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight,” will be rockin’ the crowds as Friday’s headliner at the eighth annual Folsom LIVE! Music Festival Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, on Historic Sutter Street. Pat Benatar, […]

New Morning walk celebrates new facility

New Morning Youth and Family Services is hosting a Walk-for Shelter on Saturday Sept. 24, The New Morning Youth and Family Services personnel is celebrating the opening of the new 12-bed emergency youth shelter. The shelter serves youth ages 6-17 by providing them with shelter, clothing, hot meals, counseling and drop-in services. The walk will […]

Enjoy tea with a twist in Cameron Park

Enjoy a day of entertainment, food and shopping as Light of the Hills church gives its annual ladies tea “A Big Twist this Year” on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year local businesses, artisans and crafters will be included along with entertainment, food and shopping. There is no charge to […]

Quilts show to benefit youth arts

Quilts, new and vintage, are hanging in downtown Camino and in the barns of many Apple Hill Growers. The colorful display invites all to enjoy the Camino Country Quilt Show on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is hosted by a small group of quilters from Camino who want to […]

Studio Tour artists welcome visitors

What: El Dorado County Artists Studio Tour 2011 Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: Studios and homes in El Dorado County When: Sept. 24-25, or Oct. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: No charge Information: 530-409-0724, 530-676-3959 or log on to placervillearts.com Would you like to see the finest El Dorado County artists in their studios and homes? Do […]

Butte agricultural passports are available

Celebrate the bounty of Butte County specialty farms and wineries during the sixth annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend. This self-guided tour that includes exclusive wine tasting at 11 wineries and farm-fresh food sampling at 17 farms will take place Columbus Day weekend of Oct. 8-9. The event will run 10 a.m. to 5 […]

Vintage jewelry recycles treasures

EL DORADO HILLS — What started off as a hobby making “funky” earrings and jewelry with a friend five years ago has turned into an almost full-time job for Crista Dixon. “My husband was saying ‘What are you guys doing? Why are you making this stuff?’” Dixon recalled. After attending some shows at the Crocker […]

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Nature provides inspiration

EL DORADO HILLS — On the lower right-hand side of an old drafting table, purchased from a former employer, Bill Monaghan, 59, sits in his home studio. By the table is an age-old Chinese saying that reads, “First you see the hills in the painting, then you see the painting in the hills.” This saying […]

Music festival to celebrate peace with positive vibes

What: Playing 4 Peace Festival 2011 Who: Spiritual Center for Positive Living Where: 2755 Deer Valley Road, Rescue When: Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon until 8 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Children 11 years of age and under are free. Information: 530-677-2300 CAMERON PARK — Six bands and a lot of positive […]

Luncheon to feature quilts

The public is invited to “Kids Quilts,” a luncheon by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries) on Monday, Oct. 10, at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch is at noon and the cost is $16. There will be a colorful, cheerful display of children’s quilts lovingly made […]

Ohio Roadshow is coming to Placerville

If you have gold, silver, antiques or other rare collectibles lying around the house, the Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow would like to see them. The Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow is making a stop in Placerville from Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St., in search […]

Discover the perfect wedding

“Celebrate Coloma Weddings — Discover Your Treasure” will be held in six unique and beautiful wedding venues throughout the historical Coloma Valley on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. with an “ask the experts” panel discussion at Gold Hill Winery from noon to 1 p.m. Guests can begin at any of the participating […]

Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim to visit the Cozmic Café

Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim, managing director of the Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling will be in Placerville on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. He will speak on “The Eight Fold Path as a Foundation for Everyday Life.” Admission to all events is by donation and everyone is welcome. All donations will […]

At a glance: Welcome fall

This has been one of the best summers weatherwise ever for those of us in El Dorado County. Fall officially begins Friday and already there is that tinge of coolness in the air as the sun comes up. The sunlight is also moving to that fall mode and acorns are starting to drop. There will […]

Grow For It! It’s time to reduce Yellow Starthistle

Yellow Starthistle (YST) is a common invasive weed in the foothills. It thrives in the low moisture summers found in the area and can form dense infestations. Recent estimates have YST infesting 10 to 15 million acres in California. The plants have prominent yellow flowers with spines at the base. The bad news is it […]

Three Stooges Plus One wins chili cook-off

CAMERON PARK — Fifteen teams chopped, stirred and simmered chili to compete in the 2011 MORE Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show at Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Saturday, Sept. 17. It was hot as Burke Junction owners Bill and Giovanna Glasser and the staff and board of directors from Mother Lode […]

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As we were: Snow falls in September

25 Years ago Sept. 26, 1986 Snowstorm snarls summit traffic By MICHAEL RAFFETY A storm that brought “tornado watch” conditions to the Mother Lode’s southern mines region left 8 inches of snow on Echo Summit in El Dorado County by Thursday morning. The snow measured by the California Department of Transportation resulted in several brief […]

Filmmakers Challenge inspires a winning effort

Participating in the Sacramento Film and Music Festival 10X10 Filmmakers Challenge seems to have paid off for local filmmakers Joshua B. Porter and Matthew Donaldson — these two young men and their film crew walked away with several prizes in August for their short film, “Yeller.” “Yeller” won the award for “Best Overall Film,” as […]