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 […]

Carly Jo Wake and Michael Bordges engaged

The parents of Carly Jo Wake of Placerville and Michael Patrick Bordges of Shingle Springs are pleased to announce their  engagement to be married. Carly is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Wake of Placerville, the grandaughter of Ivil and Mary Wake and Joe and Nicki Iturreria and the great-granddaughter of Shirley Alvine. She is […]

Anne Truka and Wilson Boyd Mello to marry

Anne Truka of Placerville and Boyd Mello, also of Placerville, have announced their intention to marry. The bride to be  is the daughter of Charlene New of Rescue and Gil Phillips of Sedona. She is a 1993 graduate of Ponderosa High School and is currently a student at Folsom Lake and American River colleges, majoring […]

Stepping out: The Brick Oven Pub has a lot going on

“There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.” — Louis Diat (1885-1957) Brick Oven Pub Last week I got word that the Brick Oven Pub, which is located at 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, next to where the old movie theaters were (now Napa Auto Parts) has some new things going on. […]

Zenda Marie performs at the Cozmic Café

Zenda Marie, a folk duet from Los Angeles, will be performing at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, May 27. Galen and Kelsie joined voices in January 2011 and have an album ready to be released in early June. They have been playing around L.A. at venues like laBrie’s and SAPC […]

New vines grow after finding family roots

It was 1842 and James Skinner, his wife Jessie and his oldest son, James Jr., stepped off a boat into the United States. Thirty years old at the time, Skinner had been born in the Scottish town of Kettle in the county of Fife. His education had been interrupted when he was 11, so that […]

The Cars rev it up in Bay Area pit stop

OAKLAND — Fans of the The Cars might forgive them for getting, at first, the exact location of last Friday’s performance wrong — they were in Oakland not San Francisco — and might, after a 25-year wait for the band’s return, overlook the fact they appeared a tad late on stage. Because, when the first chords to “Let […]

Virginia Truckee Railroad season begins

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad’s 2011 season begins May 28, with round trip and one-way excursions along the historic 14-mile Comstock route between Carson City and Virginia City. Tickets are currently on sale with rides departing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nevada Day, Oct. 30 providing a journey through time on the V&T’s vintage steam […]

At a glance: Good weather makes for good times

It is sure nice to have the sun out and there are a bunch of fun things to do. Everyone is happy to be out of hibernation and out enjoying beautiful El Dorado County. Mixer time A really great place to spend time is the wonderful Bass Lake Golf Course, 3000 Alexandrite Drive in Rescue […]

Soroptimist boutique is a success

Soroptimist International of Placerville held its fourth annual Prom Boutique in April. The boutique is a dress give-away that helps high school girls with the high cost of attending the prom. Once again the community generously donated dresses, shoes, accessories, manicures, hair styling, flowers and funds for this fun event. The Soroptimists created a beautiful […]

As we were: Truckers are asked to slow down and keep it quiet

25 Years ago May 26, 1986 Mayor asks truckers to drive quietly Placerville Mayor Carl Borelli has initiated a campaign to educate logging truck drivers about the noise made by their jake brakes that disturbs city residents along Highway 49 and Coloma Street. … With the beginning of early morning runs between Georgetown and Michigan-California […]

Grow for it! Using edibles in the landscape

When most gardeners consider planting areas, they designate each for a specific purpose. Roses may highlight one bed, perennials another. A rock garden with succulents mixed in or a butterfly garden with nectar-related plants can define other spaces. Even within this kind of structure, though, there is room for edibles in the decorative landscape. Consider […]

Cornish bring mining technology to gold fields

Every year since its founding in 1991, the California Cornish Cousins has an annual gathering to celebrate the group’s Cornish heritage. In the past few years the cousins have gathered at Grass Valley, Sonora and Soulsbyville, Nevada City and Paso Robles. This year’s gathering will be from June 3 to June 5, at the Placerville […]

Caregiver support group to meet

The next meeting of “My Time,” a gathering for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, stroke or other chronic health condition, is Friday, June 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. in Placerville. This group is facilitated by Ruth Michelson, a licensed marriage […]

One Way Productions presents Biblical heroine’s story

What: “From Orphan to Queen, The Story of Esther” Who: One Way Production Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: June 11, 12, 15-18 Cost: $10 to $14 Information: Purchase them at or call 916-608-6888. A devious plot and a secret identity will pull the audience into director Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson’s uplifting […]

Rescue School District to offer innovative programs

The Rescue Union School District is pleased to announce the availability of three innovative educational programs for 2011-12. These exciting learning opportunities include transitional kindergarten programs at Lakeview, Jackson and Green Valley elementary schools, a kindergarten to second grade Montessori program at Rescue Elementary School, and a kindergarten to fifth grade visual and performing arts program […]

Shooters cue up for league play

Eight ball in the corner pocket was the call of the day at the Alibi Sports Bar in Cameron Park as the top teams in the Placerville Pool league squared off in the “Team Play-off Championships.” The action took place on Saturday, May 7, starting at 10 a.m. and lasted almost 17 hours to determine the […]

Foothill gourmet: Have a sundae on Monday

Celebrate Memorial Day with cool ice cream sundaes. It’s easy and quick to prepare delicious sundae treats by using purchased ice cream accented with slices of fresh ripened berries from local fruit stands, farmers markets, or the supermarket produce section. The famers market in Placerville is already going at the Ivy House parking lot at […]

Rose Ball promises an enchanting evening

What: Rose Ball, featuring the Easy Sounds Band Who: El Dorado Roses Where: American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville When: May 21, doors open 6:45 p.m. Cost: $25, includes catered supper Information: 530-626-4949 About 150 years ago, pioneer ladies would have enjoyed the Rose Ball as a respite from the travail of setting up […]

Music ensemble presents concert in Davis

DAVIS — The Early Music Ensemble at UC Davis will present a concert at the Davis Community Church at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. On the program are works by Italian Baroque composers Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Sances. Professor David Nutter directs the ensemble of approximately 30 singers, with guest musicians David Morris (cello), […]

Smith Flat presents a look at Victorian England

The Smith Flat Advanced Drama Players presents “Pride and Prejudice” Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, at the school theater, 6520 Oak Dell Road in El Dorado. The Friday performance is at 7 p.m. and the Saturday production is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. To attend call 530-363 […]

Stepping out: Use simple recipes, great ingredients and keep it fresh

“I like the philosophy of the sandwich, as it were. It typifies my attitude to life, really. It’s all there, it’s fun, it looks good, and you don’t have to wash up afterwards.” — Molly Parkin Charlotte’s Bakery and Café Talking with Carolyn Kumpe, the owner of Charlotte’s Bakery and Café, 493 Pleasant Valley Road in […]

View the classics at the Hangtown Car Show

The Placerville Lions Club is presenting its fifth annual Hangtown Car Show Sunday, May 22.  The show was rescheduled from May 15, due to rain. The Hangtown Car Show is put on by the Placerville Lions Club in association with the Placerville Downtown Association and is a fantastic display of classic, custom and muscle cars […]

Free screening at Mondavi Center

DAVIS — Connie Nielsen, Hollywood Actress and co-star of the Academy Award-winning film “Gladiator,” will be at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis for the U.S. premiere screening of the film “Lost in Africa.” The screening will be held in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center on […]

UC Davis jazz band to perform

DAVIS — On Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m., in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, the UC Davis Jazz Bands will perform a program titled “Guest Artists.” There are two bands that are directed by Delbert Bump: a larger “big band” and a smaller “combo” band. Composer, arranger and saxophonist Gregory Yasinitsky […]

Fred Morgan Band plays for Pre-Jubilee Ball

Long time Northern California bandleader, Fred Morgan brings his 16 piece Big Band to the 10th annual Pre-Jubilee Ball, Sunday, May 22, to the Grand Ballroom of the Sacramento Elks Lodge, No. 6, 6446 Riverside Blvd. at Florin  in Sacramento, performing from 2 to 5 p.m. for the Nor Cal Big Bands Preservation Society and co-sponsored […]

Live sheep shearing at Fairytale Town

Farmer Brown showcases Fairytale Town’s friendly barnyard animals at the Fourth Annual Farms, Friends and Fairytales event. On Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. visitors can see Fairytale Town’s twin Babydoll sheep, Lucy and Ethel, lose their winter coats with an old fashioned sheep shearing. Then the fun continues as a wool […]

Artists showcase work during studio tour

What: Spring Art Studio Tour 2011 Who: 41 artists in 13 studios Where: Shingle Springs, Rescue, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Folsom When: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Maps and brochures are free Information: or 916-933-4663 Forty-one artists will have their art on display at 13 […]

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Sierra Blues Society celebrates 14 years

No, it’s not a déjà vu experience. When The Sierra Blues Society’s March Jam got canceled due to the severe storms that lashed the Sierra the host band was scheduled for another gig. The O Street Jumps will be hosting at Val’s Lucky Dog Saloon on Sunday, May 22. Even though the Rio Linda based […]

Cameron Park Newcomers is an active group

The Cameron Park Newcomers club is having its last organized club function for the club year at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road in Cameron Park, on June 15, at 11 a.m. The lunch will be catered by Sierra Smokehouse BBQ. For more information call 530-672-0268. Club officers remind members to update their information for the new and improved […]

Raley’s is hosting sweeptakes and weekly giveaways

During May Raley’s Family of Fine Stores will kick off the 2011 graduation season by hosting the “Ultimate Celebration Sweepstakes.” One lucky person will win a graduation party package, valued at $950 and equipped with everything needed to throw a great party. The Ultimate Celebration Sweepstakes includes: 16 G iPad 2 1/2 sheet customized cake […]

Senior of the Year nominees announced

The “Senior of the Year” award will be presented by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 330 Fair Lane in Placerville. The announcement is hosted by the El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging and the Commission on […]

Dementia care is topic of meeting

Eskaton Village Placerville presents Laura Wayman author of “The Dementia Whisperers.” This is a loving approach to dementia care. She is appearing Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at Eskaton Village Placerville, 3380 Blairs Lane. To attend call 530-295-3400 Refreshments will be served. Guests will have a chance to meet local author, teacher, activist, and nationally recognized speaker Wayman, as […]

Master Food Preservers: Farmers market fun

Farmers markets open soon, filled with fresh produce, herbs, flowers and unique home-made foods. A stroll through the typical Farmers market reveals seasonal favorites and local bounty galore. In fact, sometimes a beguiled shopper ends up with more fresh food than she can use. What to do? Preserve it, of course! Most fruits and vegetables […]

At a glance: Some pretty amazing stuff

Mount St. Helens erupted on this date in 1980. The 8:32 a.m. eruption destroyed 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway. Fifty-seven people were killed. Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in the Cascade Range in Washington and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc which is a segment […]

As we were: Candidates share their views

25 Years ago May 19, 1986 Final forum set: Last Chance! The final major public appearance of District 4 supervisorial candidates will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 in the multipurpose room at Camino School. The public forum is jointly sponsored by Pollock Pines-Camino Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain Democrat. The five supervisorial candidates […]

Mary Kay Brancheau reaches out to the community

When Mary Kay Brancheau donned the sash of 2010 El Dorado Rose last summer, she wore it with joy and commitment. Like all Roses, she was flattered by the honor, knowing that the other candidates were marvelous women, too. Brancheau loved her Rose Court, which included her running mates, Sandy Kowalski and Kathy Walters. The […]

Hattie Plain is a memorable character with a big impact

Book: “A Witness Tree: The Story of Hattie Plain” Author: Peter C. Tyner Publisher: Self-published, 2011 When a 92-year-old retired janitor storms the New York Daily Record newspaper with a bag full of papers, intent on becoming an advice columnist, no one thinks she has a prayer. But inside Hattie Plain’s Wal-Mart bag is a […]

One acts at Union Mine blend two forces

What: “An Evening of One Act Plays” Who: Union Mine High School students Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Monday, May 23, doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 7:30. Cost: $2 for adults and $1 for students Information: 530-621-4003 When Union Mine High […]

El Dorado Hills summer camp is a fun adventure

Invent Now is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. This exciting, weeklong adventure in creativity immerses children in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as history and the arts. […]

MORE earns highest level of accreditation

Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. is proud to announce that it has again been awarded the highest level of accreditation bestowed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an international accreditation organization. The award was earned for MORE’s work activity and supported employment programs. This outcome of the three year accreditation period is awarded […]

Heavenly news: Going to a star party

Everyone loves going to a party … birthday parties, retirement parties, house-warming parties and graduation parties. Most people have attended at least one of these, but have you ever heard of a star party? Now, we’re not talking about the Hollywood version where you’d get to meet and greet Tom Cruise or have a cocktail […]

On the spot: Chantelle Toste

Age: 18 Residence: Pollock Pines Hometown: Lake Tahoe Occupation: Student Hobby: Dance Favorite movie: “Anything by Tim Burton.” Favorite book: “Anything by Ellen Hopkins Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something no one knows about you: “My German shepherd, Harley, weighs more than I do.” Best quality: “I like to brighten people’s day.”

Noisepsalm returns to the Cozmic Café

Noisepsalm will be playing its last show for a long time this Saturday at the Cozmic Café. On Saturday, May 14, Noisepsalm returns to Placerville’s Cozmic Café, 594 Main St., to finalize a string of shows in support of the band’s latest release, “Death Mask,” on Auricular Records. Also playing will be Sadore, a female […]