Discover history’s golden nuggets in Coloma

Volunteers and docents will be commemorating the discovery of gold at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma Saturday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 23. The park will be bustling with Gold Rush activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day rain or shine. The two day event marks James Marshall’s discovery of […]

As we were: Sweeney’s freshman year, bad bus day, 4H and lights

25 Years ago Jan. 22, 1986 Jack looks back at freshman year By KURT DAVIS When James R. “Jack” Sweeney threw his hat in the ring two years ago. vying for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, a lot of people thought he would have an easy victory. He was a strapping well-known, backslapping home-town […]

State Fair scholarship program accepting applications

In periods of economic uncertainty it is often education programs, scholarships and grants for students that dry up, leaving some of the most promising students without support to cover college expenses. The Friends of the California State Fair announced that it will continue its scholarship program for the 2011-2012 academic year. California college students and […]

Free seminar to relieve back pain

For those suffering from back pain, Cameron Park Physical Therapy Center and Dr. Christopher Molitor (Orthopedic Surgeon and Spine Specialist) of Sierra Orthopedics in Placerville are presenting a free community service seminar. The seminar will cover back pain and interventions that can be taken to promote a healthier life style and reduce further pain and […]

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Community forum to outline areas in need

What: Community Needs Forum, 2011 Who: Women’s Fund El Dorado Where: Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St., Placerville When: Thursday, Jan. 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: 530-622-5621 or In tough economic times many nonprofit agencies that help those in need in the local community get fewer funds to […]

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Free tire recycling in El Dorado County

The residents of El Dorado County currently drive on roads they helped create through numerous tire-recycling events the County Environmental Management Department (EMD) has conducted since 1995. Sections of Green Valley Road, Cameron Park Drive and Main Street in Placerville are paved with Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC). Soon part of Missouri Flat Road will also […]

Bible discussion and bag lunch at St. Stephen’s

“Bag Lunch and Bible” will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills. This weekly study will be a unique opportunity to join in the study of biblical texts as a trained pastor does his personal study. Unlike many other studies, this is a window on the […]

Ford Transit Connect a new type of vehicle

Ford has sold over 600,000 Transit Connects around the globe, that is everywhere but in the United States until last year. It is here now and none too soon. It could best be described as a very tall minivan, but it isn’t. It rides on an extremely long 115-inch wheelbase, but it is only 180 […]

Hitch up the wagon to see ‘Quilters’

When the rousing musical “Quilters” starts its four-week run at Imagination Theater this March, the set will include an authentic covered wagon restored by 80-year-old Fiddletown resident Ron Scofield. “Quilters” features 16 scenes of true-life stories taken from the diaries of pioneer women and is playing across the country. Director for the El Dorado County […]

Heavenly news: The big bang at the start

Until around 100 years ago, most astronomers believed the “spiral” nebulae that they saw in their telescopes were located inside the Milky Way galaxy and, indeed, that the Earth was near the center of the universe and that the universe had basically always been the same. Over the last century, scientists have made several monumental […]

On the spot: Shaylynne Slack

Age: 49 Residence: Cameron Park Hometown: Bridgeport Occupation: Sales associate, Jenni Lynn Boutique, Shingle Springs Hobby: Boating Favorite movie: “Empire of the Sun” Favorite books: “The Seventh Soul” and “The River God” Favorite vacation spot: Maui Something no one knows about you: “I was a contestant in the California Miss Teen Pageant when I was […]

National photo show at Blue Line Gallery

ROSEVILLE — Lewis Kemper, a Canon USA “Explorer of Light” photographer, has selected 56 photographs submitted by photographic artists from across the U.S. for the Blue Line Gallery’s 2011 Photography Exhibition. The show opens with a public reception on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through Feb. 12, on Tuesdays and […]

Acrylic and oil painting class

A new class titled “Bold Lines — Acrylic and Oil Painting Workshop” is scheduled for Tuesdays, Feb. 8-Feb. 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The class fee is $50. Dana Childs is the instructor. Bring a $20 supply fee to class. The class is designed to help you “Cross the line, open up and paint boldly with […]

Open stage musical tribute to remember Greg Miller

A special open stage musical tribute in memory of Munk (Greg Miller) will take place Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. Munk, who hosted the open mics regularly, died suddenly of a massive heart attack that he had while hosting the open mic on Dec 2. He was very active in the […]

Mark Twain to help reopen hotel

In celebration of the reopening of the Columbia City Hotel restaurant, a special dinner, featuring legendary 19th-century American writer and humorist Mark Twain, will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, at 22678 Main St., Columbia. The three-course dinner and program is $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Local actor Pat Kaunert will […]

Hip hop poet and friends make good vibrations

What: CD Release party Who: True Self Sound Where: DaVine Coffee House, 4131 Shingle Springs Drive, Shingle Springs When: Sunday, Jan. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. Joaquin Fioresi, 34, Placerville’s effervescent poet, singer-songwriter and the front man for hip hop-Americana-reggae rockers Sol Bridge, has teamed up with Lee Giove, 24, a sound healer who’s […]

Crocker Art Museum will open on holiday Mondays

The Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Downtown Sacramento, will open its doors on four Monday holidays this year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will celebrate these holidays. On Monday, Jan. 17, there is are tours based on King’s […]

Working together is a successful venture

What: Art and Wine Festival Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises and Placerville Kiwanis Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Mark D. Forni Building, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Tickets $30 each or $50 per couple Information: 530-622-4848 It is a new year and a great way to start […]

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Curtis and Luckey return to California to take fans on a musical journey

Curtis and Luckey are returning to the area for their first West Coast tour. The KMG recording artists are playing at the Powerhouse Pub in Folsom on Thursday, Jan. 20; the Wrangler in Elk Grove on Saturday, Jan. 22; the Stoney Inn Rockin’ Rodeo in Sacramento on Thursday, Jan. 27; and the Purple Place in […]

Class to cover an introduction to mushrooms

Mycologist Robert Mackler will be the featured speaker at the January meeting of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. “Mushrooms 101″ is an hour long introduction to the fungi most people are […]

Sonora Impressionist to speak at PAA meeting

Northern California artist Charles Waldman will have a very special presentation for the Placerville Arts Association this coming Sunday, Jan. 16. Waldman made a life changing decision to follow his love of art and leave his 22 year medical practice in Sonora to begin a new journey into an artistic career. He studied the styles […]

Funk and roll to rock PJ’s Roadhouse on Saturday

PJ’s Roadhouse in Placerville proudly presents a showcase of all original music by local rock bands Full Funky Gorilla and Sin Nombre on Saturday, Jan. 15. “I was looking for new ‘edgy’ bands to bring in a younger crowd on weekends,” said Barb White who books bands for PJ’s. After hearing about Sin Nombre’s popularity, […]

Stepping out: Jack in the Box has a varied menu

“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.” — James Beard Jack in the Box A couple of people asked me if I had tried the Jumbo Deal ($3.99) at Jack in the Box. It is the limited time meal that consists of a Jumbo Jack, fries, two […]

Museum to present the history of gas lighting

Ever wonder what kind of gas was used in the street lights of the 19th century or how safe it was to have gas lighting in one’s home? Please join the Placer County Museum staff on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Bernhard Museum Winery for the next Community Education Program presented by […]

At a glance: A good offense keeps people coming back

With the football playoffs in full swing and the frenzy about what to serve or eat while watching the games is a big topic, there is another football milestone that occurred on this date in 1906. The forward pass was made legal so that the offense didn’t have to rely on the lateral or run. […]

Season for Non-violence and MLK day observance on Monday

The opening ceremony for the 2011 Season for Non-violence and the Martin Luther King Day Peace Vigil and March will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. At 6 p.m. there will be a one-hour program to celebrate this year’s Season for Non-violence in El Dorado County. Featured […]

Harp, flute and viola to make beautiful music

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, continues to celebrate it’s 60th  year. The forth concert in the series of six concerts offers a special program featuring the unique and talented Trio Brio. The harp, flute and viola musicians will perform in the Theater at the Mine, […]

Youth commissioners shadow county supervisors

By Vineetha Ramesh Youth commissioner, District IV On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the El Dorado County Youth Commission attended a “shadow day” with the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Comprised of El Dorado County students from eighth to 12th grade, the delegation is a youth-led advisory board to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. […]

Ritual and blessing

The Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks are creating a Manjushri Sand Mandala at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. Monk Geshe Tenzin Dhonag places fine particles of sand as part of the process. The public is invited to watch as the mandala is made. On Wednesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. the Manjushri Sand […]

Families needed to host foreign exchange students

AYUSA is looking for American families interested in hosting high school foreign exchange students for the 2011-2012 school year. Every year, more than 28,000 high school students from around the world come to the U.S. to study as part of U.S. government-sponsored foreign exchange programs. The students, ages 15 to 19 years old, are placed […]

Foothill gourmet:Elegant and delicious desserts

Today’s column shares several delicious and elegant dessert recipes we served over the holidays. My husband enjoys spending time in the kitchen and prepared white chocolate mousse and white chocolate tapioca pudding. I enjoyed making individual brownie baked alaska. White Chocolate Mousse — Ingredients: 8 ounces best-quality white chocolate (cocoa butter, but no hydrogenated or […]

County Junior Ambassadors are flying right

The entrepreneural spirit is being nurtured by the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. The county business organization is inspiring the next generation of professionals through the Junior Ambassador Leadership Program. The program is for high school students in El Dorado County. The leadership program encourages future professionals through education, training and experience and awards two […]

The Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks have a busy schedule

The Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks are visiting El Dorado County through Jan. 12 and are presenting a series of events as part of the Sacred Earth Healing Tour 2010-2011. Placerville Friends of Tibet is organizing the stay. The Gaden Shartse Monks are creating a Manjushri Sand Mandala at the Cozmic Café, 549 Main St. in Placerville. Observe […]

Lorrene Baum-Davis is teaching workshops in January

Placerville artist Lorrene Baum-Davis has three weekends of metal clay workshops set up for January. On Saturday, Jan. 8, the class is Introduction to Metal Clay and the Sunday, Jan. 9, the class is Intermediate Metal Clay On Jan. 14, 15 and 16, Baum-Davis will conduct an intensive Level I Certification in Art Clay Silver […]

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California reggae comes to Tahoe Monteblue

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — Rebelution, along with bands Iration and Orgōne, will take the stage at the MontBleu Theater, Sunday, Jan. 16. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 in advance, or $23.50 at the door and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the MontBleu Box […]

New exhibition surveys the art of Gottfried Helnwein

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum will present a survey of the work of artist Gottfried Helnwein in the new exhibition “Gottfried Helnwein: Inferno of the Innocents,” on view from Jan. 29 through April 24. Organized by the Crocker, the exhibition features 70 major paintings and photographs from throughout Helnwein’s career. Highlights include his iconic […]

Cirque du Soleil to present ‘Quidam’ in Sac

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show “Quidam” will be performing in Sacramento from May 11 to 15, at ARCO Arena for eight performances only. Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-745-3000. Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since […]

Imagination Theater to present ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Imagination Theater presents the timeless story of unlikely friends “Charlotte’s Web.” The inspiring and creative sacrifices of Wilbur, the young “some pig, avoiding the butcher” and Charlotte, a gentle spider who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer” bring the appreciation of all forms of life and love as they selflessly care […]

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, 2010. The juried art show will begin with a VIP champagne preview on Thursday evening followed by two full […]

The sound of strings comes to Sutter Creek

Scheherazade Stone and Brian Gore of “The Sing Strings” bring insightful and imaginative original songs and arrangements to Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 the day of the show. For more information call 916-425-0077. Their music blends two unique […]

Railtown 1897 offers a behind-the-scenes pick

JAMESTOWN — Railtown 1897 State Historic Park plans to offer special, behind-the-scenes shop tours of the historic site on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. As part of this special opportunity, visitors will have the chance to get an up-close viewing of exciting projects currently underway plus learn about recently completed projects such […]

Stepping out: Some yummy fruitcakes from some very nice people

“Trying to open things wrapped in cellophane is going to be the death of me.” — Grandma, Bell McNeill Noble (1878-1957) A few notes from 2010 Remember when I asked for ways to open those jars that seemed to have their lids welded on? Well a nice lady named Reed sent me a note saying […]

Caretakers of the past and docents of the present are needed

Come out, come out all you amateur historians, research devotées, retail divas and railroad enthusiasts. The Fountain Tallman and the El Dorado County museums need your enthusiasm and support. The erstwhile band of long-time, dedicated museum volunteers is beginning to dwindle and the baton needs to pass to new volunteers to carry the museums forward into […]

The universe is the limit at the Sky Theater

Once upon a time in El Dorado County there were three wise men — from very different backgrounds — who came together (with the clout of the Cameron Park Rotary behind them) and they pooled their talents to help create a wonderful space where people can come to follow their star. The wise men are […]