Stepping out: Customers are very important at Tortilla Flats

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.” — Orson Welles Tortilla Flats In October of last year, Tortilla Flats, a 35 year old Mexican restaurant at 564 Main St. in Placerville, came under the ownership of Brian and Robin Feckner. The decline in the local […]

Second Pink Floyd Experience added

Paying tribute to one of the more revered bands in rock music, The Pink Floyd Experience will debut at Three Stages with not one, but two performances. A second show — complete with a stellar light show and a 12-foot pig blimp — has been added for Tuesday, March 29. “To be a really, really […]

‘Quilters’ interweaves threads from the community

What: “Quilters” mature themes. Recommended for 12+ Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds When: Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m.;** Sunday, March 27, 2, Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.; Friday, April 1,  7 p.m.;  Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m.;** Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m.; […]

Learn about luminosity in watercolor

Ever wondered who that artist is that paints subjects of everyday objects such as a bowl of fruit, a coffee pot, a toaster, a bowl of taffy candy and seen in print all over the region? The answer will be revealed at the monthly Placerville Arts Association meeting this Sunday, March 20. The featured guest […]

Cate Culver’s abstract art show to open new Placerville gallery

Pop Art Gallery and Framing is celebrating its Main Street grand opening in Placerville this weekend. The gallery’s first art exhibit will feature beloved Calaveras County artist Cate Culver showing “Abstracts.” “As an abstract artist color fascinates me. I feel it resonating in my body while mixing colors. When people encounter my paintings for the first […]

Art trio focuses on fiber at Upstairs Gallery

Lexie Boeger, Oran Miller and Claudine Granthem are opening a new show at the Upstairs Gallery, 420 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday. March 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 15. The Third Saturday Art Walk opening will feature fiber as a medium. Boeger has been involved in handspun […]

‘Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight’ to play to a sold-out crowd

“Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight!” is perhaps the longest running show in the history of the theater. Hal Holbrook has toured the show in some part of every year since 1954, and gave his 2200th performance in March 2010. The material is ever changing. Holbrook adds to his Twain material every year, editing and changing it […]

Spend an evening with Terry McMillan

SACRAMENTO — California Lectures presents “An Evening with Terry McMillan”on March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. in downtown Sacramento.  McMillan will be in conversation with author Mary Mackey discussing her work as a bestselling author, her influential role as an African American writer, and her most recent book, “Getting to […]

Master Food Preserver: How corny

Just how did corned beef and cabbage, that delightful combination, become the traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner for Irish Americans and “wannabe” Irish Americans? Actually, Ireland in the 1600s exported corned, or salted beef to England and the rest of Europe. Most Irish could not afford this delicacy as both beef and salt cost quite […]

Sacramento Zoo recognized for sound fiscal management

For the second year in a row, the Sacramento Zoological Society has received the top ranking — four out of a possible four stars — from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator. “We are honored to receive this recognition for a second straight year,” said Mary Healy, Sacramento Zoo Director/CEO. Only 20 percent of […]

Registration is open for photography workshop

SACRAMENTO — The California State Flower, Food and Garden Show is offering a hands-on workshop for 20 amateur or professional photographers interested in garden and landscape photography. The workshop will be presented by the award-winning garden and landscape photographer, Saxon Holt, and will be held on opening day of the Show, Thursday, April 7, at […]

‘After 5 Club’ to meet in April

The next meeting of the “After Five Club,” a free support group for those providing care to individuals with Alzheimer’s, a related dementia or other chronic health condition, is Wednesday, April 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935 A Spring St. in Placerville. The goal of this gathering is […]

State Fair invites crafters, artists and designers to participate

SACRAMENTO — If you are an aspiring fashion designer, craftsman, or other type of creative artist, the California State Fair wants you to participate in the state’s largest showcase of creative arts. The deadline to apply is April 22. The California Creative Arts exhibit will present a showcase of crafts and textiles create by California’s […]

California State Fair is accepting homebrew beer entries

In the late 1970s, the same time the American brewing culture was changing in size and taste, a grassroots home brewing culture emerged. “The only way a person in the United States could experience other countries’ beer traditions and styles, was to make the beer themselves,” stated J.J. Jackson, the contracted organizer of this year’s […]

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At a glance: Dolley knew how to throw a party

Today is James Madison’s birthday. He was born in 1751 and was not exactly a big partier but his wife Dolley Payne Todd Madison knew how to celebrate. He would have to be very careful with his birthday cake candles since he was president when the White House caught fire. It wasn’t his birthday cake […]

Miss El Dorado competition preparations are underway

Preparations are now underway to recruit contestants for this year’s Miss El Dorado Scholarship competition, to be held Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School. In addition to local high school and college students, young women attending college outside of El Dorado County can compete when […]

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Master Food Preservers: Perfectly preserved potatoes

Tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, excites the little bit of Irish in everyone, and wearing green keeps one pinch-free. The color green, reminiscent of the Irish Flag, shamrocks and leprechauns, looks fine on clothing, but may be frightening if found on a traditional Irish staple, the potato. Actually, the green found in stored potatoes […]

Girl Scouts collect donations for food bank

In February, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, Service Unit 151, El Dorado Hills, and Service Unit 152, Cameron Park, held an all day food drive at two grocery store locations to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. The food drive was held at Safeway in El Dorado Hills and Food 4 Less […]

As we were: Soroptimists recognize donors, Bartletts practice, Chrysler dealer and growth

25 Years ago March 14, 1986 Cameron Park Soroptimist recognizes supporters At a breakfast meeting Tuesday, members of Soroptimist International of Cameron Park recognized several community residents for their contribution and support of charities in El Dorado County. “In the past eight months,” said Carol Louis, president, “the Cameron Park club has contributed over $17,000 to […]

Grow For It! Selections for plants and trees

Selecting the right plants for a garden can make the difference between a well-kept area that sparks interest and a yard that looks out of place next to a home or just looks tired overall. A critical part of the garden plan is picking those living materials that make the most sense for the style […]

California State Fair seeking young artists

SACRAMENTO — The California State Fair knows that the state is home to some amazingly talented young artists. That is why the  fair would like to invite all of California’s young artists, ages 5 to 18, to enter their crafts and artwork in the annual Youth Art and Design Expo. Award-winning entries will be displayed […]

Spring fling makes for summer blooms

What: Rhythm and Blooms Spring Fling Party Who: Flower Power Project Where: Wilkinson-Hupcey Building, 681 Main St., Placerville When: Saturday, March 19, 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $30 advance, two for $50 or $35 at the door. Purchase in Placerville at Annieberries, Carter-Kelly, MORE, Placerville Clothing, River City Bank, Susana Banana’s or online at Information: The […]

Ford SVT Raptor: Awesome is an understatement

For the last several years, Ford has been one of the leading auto manufacturers in the world in terms of design and build quality. F-150s have been the best selling pickup trucks for decades and this new SVT (special vehicle team) F-150 Raptor is why Ford is the leader in the automotive world. Raptor is […]

Iowa State student to participate in Alternative Break Trip

Kaitlyn Fuqua, a 2010 graduate of Union Mine High School, will be participating in an Alternative Spring break trip with Iowa State University. The Student Activities Center at Iowa State University is sponsoring five service trips this year. Fuqua is one of 10 Iowa State students headed to Kansas City, M0. to work with Operation Breakthrough. The objectives of […]

Pollock Pines spa to host free event to help women

In honor of National Women’s History Month in March, Dramatics Hair Studio, a premiere Pollock Pines spa location, is teaming up with Dermalogica, the number one professional skin care brand, to host an event open to the public. The event will help give women worldwide a hand up, proving that the beauty business is not skin-deep. […]

Beef Quality Assurance Program scheduled for March 19

Food safety is a prime concern for the cattle industry. To address this concern locally, the Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association, UC Cooperative Extension, and the California Cattlemen’s Association are co-sponsoring a Beef Quality Assurance Program at the Lincoln High School Farm on Saturday, March 19. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. When […]

Matching donors are needed

Nineteen people die everyday waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. There are millions of people in the U.S. who need an organ transplant, but only 100,000 are registered on the government’s current deceased organ donor list because there are too few deceased donor organs. has become the world’s largest and most successful […]

‘My Time’ caregiver group to meet april 1

Phone: 530-621-6180 Email: 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, April 1, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. in Placerville. This group is facilitated by Ruth […]

McClintock announces Congressional Art Competition

All high school students in the Fourth Congressional District are invited to participate in the Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high-school art competition sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The contest is open to all high-school students within the Fourth Congressional District. First-place entries from each Congressional district […]

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Packed house greets Gloria Steinem at Three Stages

The energy in the audience was palpable as Gloria Steinem walked across the stage to the podium on Monday night, March 7, in Stage One of Folsom Lake College’s Three Stages. The women, young and old, and a sprinkling of men, could not stay in their seats, rising to greet Steinem with a standing ovation. […]

West End Sip and Taste to benefit food bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is proud to be named as a beneficiary of a brand new fundraising event in El Dorado County.  This special affair  is the first “West End Sip and Taste,” a progressive tasting party on the west end of Main Street in Placerville. This exciting new event will take […]

The writers have their say at ‘Authors’ Day’

Four featured authors, four different genres, four different styles and yet all local will be featured during “Authors’ Day” on Sunday, March 20. The day is a wonderful offering from the Placerville Shakespeare Club and will provide a chance to meet some of the incredible talent living and working in El Dorado County. Reluctant author […]

Foothill gourmet:Cooking secrets and hints

It’s always fun to share cooking secrets and hints. Here’s a few hints to help bake a perfect batch of cookies and my favorite Oatmeal Craisin Gems recipe. Making the dough Be sure to measure the flour accurately. Even the slightest variaion in the amount of flour can have a direct effect on a cookie. […]

Divide Gallery features artist Ramona Douglass

Art On The Divide Gallery continues its monthly featured artist presentation with a reception for Ramona Douglass on Sunday, March 13. The public is invited to come in, browse, enjoy some refreshments and meet the artist between noon and 3 p.m. Born in 1920, Douglass said that her earliest training was at her mother’s knee […]

Yosemite Renaissance exhibit features local artist

Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its 26th year with an exhibit of 42 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 39 artists. Drawn from more than 570 entries, this year’s exhibit includes a broad range of works from the representational to the abstract, all interpreting the majesty of Yosemite and the Sierra. The goals of Yosemite Renaissance […]

Crocker spring show features John Buck and Daniel Douke

SACRAMENTO — This spring, the Crocker Art Museum will present exhibitions highlighting the work of two California artists: John Buck, an alumnus of the University of California, Davis, and Southern California-based Daniel Douke. Forty years of John Buck’s sculpture and printmaking are surveyed in the traveling exhibition, “John Buck: Iconography,” featuring 60 prints, sculptures, and […]

Betts to speak at de Young

Kate Betts, author of “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama” and the “Power of Style” will sign books and give a lecture titled “Why Style Matters: First Ladies and Their Impact on American Fashion” at the de Young Museum on Saturday, March 12. The book signing in Piazzoni Murals Room is at 2 p.m. the lecture in the Koret Auditorium is at 4 […]

Aquila Theater brings Pirandello’s play to Three Stages

Considered a groundbreaking work and one of the most important plays of the 20th century, Three Stages proudly presents Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello’s most famous drama, “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” as produced by Aquila Theater. “Six Characters in Search of an Author” will perform in Three Stages on Saturday, March 12, at […]

St. Pat’s party brewing in Placerville

Ah, it is almost Saint Patrick’s Day. It is the one day of the year when everybody is Irish. The Placerville Brewing Company and Restaurant, 155 Placerville Drive in Placerville, is proud to present what has become the area’s premier St. Patrick’s Day party on Thursday, March 17. For the sixth year running the kitchen […]

Stepping out: Prospector’s Café is a gold mine of café delicacies

“There’s something I’ve noticed about food: whenever there’s a crisis, if you can get people to eating normally things get better.” — Madeleine L’ Engle  “The Moon by Night,” (1963) Prospector’s Café When the company she was working for in Florida was sold in 2008, Cindy Southerland was without a job and had to make […]

Annual quit show stitches past and present together

Hartwick House’s Annual “Past to Present” quilt show and sale will be held this year from Sunday, March 13 through Friday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Historic El Dorado. The Hartwick House has hosted the quilt show for 13 years. The shop also carries new fabrics, sewing notions, patterns, books, buttons and […]

Jazz meets Broadway at Three Stages

“Never miss a chance to see John Pizzarelli,” exclaimed Rex Reed in a headline in The New York Observer. Patrons of Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, will have that chance, and more: seeing him perform with his acclaimed spouse, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey. According to the New York Times, […]

Auditions for ‘White Christmas’ set for May

Imagination Theater in Placerville has scheduled auditions for the holiday favorite, “White Christmas.” Auditions will be held May 14, at 9 a.m. with callbacks following on May 15, at 1 p.m. Auditioners should come with a song prepared from the 1940s (Irving Berlin songs preferred). The audition will also consist of dance combinations and cold […]

Tour behind the scenes at Railtown

Don’t miss this final, behind-the-scenes shop tour of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park this season on Tuesday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors will get an up-close look at current projects underway plus see newly completed projects including the recently restored Sierra No. 3, also known as the “Movie Star Locomotive.” After a […]

‘Kill Shakespeare’ asks for public input

The creators of “Kill Shakespeare” will announce on March 15, that one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters will share Julius Caesar’s fate and, “shuffle off this mortal coil” in the comic series’ next issue. The critically-acclaimed comic published by IDW, which places some of the Bard’s greatest characters together in the same story, is releasing […]