Stepping out: The Lava Beds National Monument really rock

“A nickel’s worth of goulash beats a five dollar can of vitamins. — Martin H. Fischer Wanderings In early July a group of the family and I camped for a few days at Lava Beds National Monument, near Tulelake. It is high desert, over 4,700 feet, and the weather is very changeable. We picked the […]

Author reveals personal story

What was it like to be a teenage girl, trapped in an unwanted pregnancy at the close of an era where home economics took precedence over sex education? Patti Hawn, the older sister of actress Goldie Hawn, tells her deeply personal story in her book “Good Girls Don’t.” The book tells the story of the […]

Butterfly Concert to feature a musical odyssey

What: 33rd annual Butterfly Concert Who: Marble Valley Regional Center for the Arts Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Sunday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Cost: Adult tickets $15 ($18 at the gate), teens $10 and children under 12 free Information: or call 530-642-2431 The 33rd annual Butterfly Concert is Sunday, Sept. 18, at […]

The Courtyard to swing with music

Jazz Gitan is back to play its special brand of “le jazz hot” in the Courtyard located behind Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. This jazz trio carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during the Paris jazz scene […]

Auditions open for ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’

The year is 1960, and rock ‘n’ roll sensation Conrad Birdie is being drafted into the army and Miss Kim MacAfee will have the honor of giving “One Last Kiss” live on the air of the “Ed Sullivan Show.” Meanwhile, Birdie isn’t really interested and his agent, Albert Peterson is scrambling to keep him in line and out of […]

Christmas Craft Fair vendors needed

Art and craft vendors are needed for the annual Christmas Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2501 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. Items must be handmade by the vendor. The booth fee is $50 for a 10 foot x […]

Sacramento Symphonic Winds to open Music on the Divide

September is here and with it brings a glorious day of music with the sounds of 60 dedicated and talented musicians of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds Orchestra. The annual Septemberfest, sponsored by Music on the Divide will be celebrating the beginning of its 23rd season on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the beautiful VFW Park in […]

Nevada County to hold Italian Festival

The Nevada County Italian Festival will celebrate its rich historical significance of Nevada County Italian heritage and culture while offering contemporary events and activities for today’s families and lasting memories. The event will be held the weekend of Sept. 17-18 at the Western Gateway Park in Grass Valley. The festival is from 11 a.m. to […]

Elena Dreisbach wants to make a difference in the world

Glitz. Glamour. Beauty. That’s solely what pageants are all about, right? Not for Elena Dreisbach. For this sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, the Miss Teen California 2012 Pageant is not just a place to showcase beauty and good looks — it is an opportunity to give back, show compassion and make a difference in […]

Olympic champion coming to Fairytale Town book fair

An Olympic skating champion who doubles as a featured author is coming to Sacramento. Kristi Yamaguchi will be at the 11th annual Scholar Share Children’s Book Festival that will be held at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, the weekend of Sept. 24-25. Admission is free. The book festival features numerous activities including dynamic presentations […]

Butterfly Concert takes wing

The 33rd annual Butterfly Concert is Sunday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The early evening concert will feature the Sierra Symphony orchestra. Gates for this special community event open at 4 p.m. with fun activities before the concert. Conducted by Roy Fulmer, the orchestra […]

California Stage extends play

California Stage and its partner Teatro Espejo are extending the production “How Else Am I Supposed to Know I’m Still Alive?” for three weeks due to popular demand. This hilarious show surveys the lives of two middle-aged single, Chicanas as they struggle to deal with loneliness, sexuality and friendship. “People who see this production just do […]

Art on the Divide to feature Penny Scribner

Art on the Divide Cooperative gallery is hosting a reception for September’s featured artist, Penny S. Scribner, on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artist, browse the gallery and enjoy some refreshments. Scribner, originally from Oregon, describes herself as an art educator and enjoys the challenge […]

Artist fellows to create at de Young Museum

This summer the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young Museum has been converted into a hub for the Artist Fellows program, a new component to the hugely successful and dynamic Cultural Encounters initiative at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. For four months a collective of artists will use the gallery as their […]

California Haunts Team to visit Murphys

Join the California Haunts Team for a day of ghostly fun in the Mother Lode. The haunt will start at the Historic Murphys Hotel in Murphys on Saturday, Sept. 17. This marks the third time California Haunts is hosting a conference at the Historic Murphys Hotel. Learn about the city’s ghostly residents via a tour with […]

SF MusicTech Summit features big name lineup

SF MusicTech Summit IX Features Line-Up of Biggest Names in Rock Musicians from Grateful Dead/Furthur, Slightly Stoopid, Cage the Elephant, Chickenfoot, The Presidents of the United States of America, Pomplamoose, Zoe Keating and More SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 1, 2011 — As befits the nation’s most influential meeting for music and technology visionaries, the SF MusicTech […]

Rascal Flatts tickets on sale for ‘Flatts Fest’

SACRAMENTO — Rascal Flatts has just announced that they are bringing “Flatts Fest” to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Thursday, Sept. 15, and fans will have plenty to enjoy. Details of the interactive pre-show festivities and contests have just been announced and will include a karaoke challenge, a wedding chapel, scavenger hunt and more. There will […]

At a glance: A time for hope

On this date in 1998 Google Inc. was founded. In a relatively short time Google has become a household  word and a go to spot for finding information. It shows that there are always new and successful ideas and to have hope for the future. Be hopeful A group with a great deal of hope […]

Master Food Preservers: Meat and sausage

So, what is so hard about preserving meat? Just wrap it well and throw it in the freezer, right? Wrong. Well, sort of wrong. Meat can be preserved by freezing, of course, but the Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County stand ready to assist by offering a free public education class on deli meats […]

Big strides are happening at Gold Step Studios

The facade at 617 Main St. in Placerville may seem like just an average building from the outside. But step inside and find that everything from the hula hoop dancing to the core body balance exercise regimen makes this place just a little bit out of the ordinary. Gold Step Studios is the latest addition […]

Grow For It: Christmas cacti

Our family rediscovered Christmas cacti early in the 1970s after viewing the holiday film “The Homecoming,” which was actually the debut of “The Walton’s” television show. The mother (played by Patricia Neal in the movie), while rooting around in her dark cellar for apples to make a spice cake, finds a Christmas cactus that she […]

As we were: Redistricting sparks special meeting

25 Years ago Sept. 5, 1986 Supervisorial redistricting subject of special meeting Calling the boundaries of her proposed new district a “prime example” of gerrymandering, El Dorado County Supervisor Pat Lowe asked her colleagues Tuesday to set a special meeting to discuss redistricting. The board unanimously agreed to ask Chief Administrative Officer Kent Taylor to propose a […]

Amador wineries participate in events

September is an exciting time to visit wine country in Amador County. The season of summer soon transitions into fall, and the leaves start changing, as days begin to cool and tractors will hit the fields. Starting off the Labor Day weekend by enjoying the fruits visiting wineries that will be offering specials, music, and […]

Heavenly announces scholarship recipents

Heavenly Mountain Resort announced five new scholarship recipients for the Heavenly Mountain Resort Community Scholarship Program. For the 10th year in a row, Heavenly will award five recently graduated South Lake Tahoe students with $4,000 to continue their college education. “It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm and promise our Heavenly Scholars show toward continuing their […]

Master Food Preservers: Safe food from the garden

After a slow start, most home gardens seem to be making up for lost time. Tomatoes that refused to ripen for so long have decided to come calling in beautiful jackets of red, yellow, purple and orange. Green peppers, heck, red, orange and violet peppers, too, seem to be reproducing at record rates. Hidden zucchini […]

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Kacie’s Ride for Hope kicks starts at the Belltower

Placerville resident Pat Barron and the Center for Violence-free Relationships invite the community to attend the sixth annual Kacie’s Ride for Hope, a motorcycle ride through the beautiful foothills, to honor Pat’s sister, Kacie, and other local victims of domestic violence. Kacie’s Ride for Hope to End Domestic Violence is Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at […]

September Senior Nutrition Menu

The following is the September Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

Community benefits from Lobster on the River

The Rotary Club of Placerville and Soroptimist International of Placerville are planning their first collaborative dinner and fundraiser, Lobster on the River. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Coloma Resort, with appetizers and cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Highlights of the evening will include music by the […]

Time to rev up the garden

The Placer County Master Gardeners are proud to announce its 13-month gardening calendar for 2012 starting next month. The theme is “Rev Up Your Garden.” It provides a wealth of ideas for rejuvenating a garden or landscape in need of a make-over. The calendar is a fund-raiser for the organization, but more importantly it is a […]

Tool time at Snowline Hospice store

It’s summer — the time of year that beckons us outdoors with warm sunny days that stretch into lazy summer evenings spent on the front porch. It’s the perfect time to start on those home repair or building projects you’ve been planning, and chances are we have just the right tool for every job. A […]

Heavenly news: The Local Group

If you step outside on a clear night with minimal light pollution, and look up, you’ll see endless pinpoints of light scattered throughout the sky. There will be stars, far too many to count, and possibly a few planets. If you have excellent eyesight, you might even be able to see a few fuzzy blotches […]

Sacramento boy to be featured on MDA telethon

Five-year-old Neel Singh Pannu of Sacramento will be featured in an inspiring profile on the newly formatted national broadcast of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. For the first time the 46th annual MDA Labor Day Telethon will be shown entirely in prime time on a single evening, Sunday, Sept. 4. Broadcast from the South Point […]

Capt. Sullenberger to speak at a benefit in Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE — Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who calmly and heroically landed his jetliner on New York’s Hudson River saving all 155 passengers and crew on board, will speak in Incline Village at a benefit for the Thunderbird Preservation Society on Saturday, Sept. 3. The man who redefined “hero” on January 15, 2009, […]

Zia’s presents Joaquin Fioresi on Saturday

Joaquin Fioresi is appearing at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fioresi was adopted into an extended South San Francisco Mexican family, surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins. He called his mother “an angel, the rock of the family.” A “tough-as-nails” Italian father was in and out […]

Three Stages presents Jeffery Seigel in concert

FOLSOM — On the heels of his well-received series of lecture performances earlier this year, the Sept. 16, “Keyboard Conversation” with distinguished pianist Jeffrey Siegel promises an informal, accessible and entertaining exploration of “The Power and Passion of Beethoven.” The program will include performance and commentary on Beethoven’s Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Opus […]

Labor Day progressive picnic in Amador County

Join Amador Flower Farm and the wineries on the Shenandoah School Road Loop for a free progressive picnic on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Start at Wilderotter Vineyard with a hotdog, head to C.G. Di Arie for salad, Cooper Vineyards for watermelon then on to the flower farm for free Italian Ice. Festivities continue from […]

Johnny Steel stars at Comedy Showcase

Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, is presenting its Comedy Showcase on Wednesday, Sept. 7, with Johnny Steele. Steele began performing comedy in 1984 after quitting graduate school in a move his parents named: “Operation $40K Down The Drain.” Steel quickly got the hang of the craft and was soon […]

Old Sacramento features Gold Rush Days

OLD SACRAMENTO — During Gold Rush Days 2011 happening over Labor Day Weekend, Friday, Sept. 2, Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5, the daytime hours in Old Sacramento are filled with an amazing array of crowd-pleasing and period-appropriate activities — but the fun doesn’t stop there. With nearly 50 restaurants and […]

Northstar features arts and crafts

NORTHSTAR AT TAHOE — The Village at Northstar  plays host to the Northstar Arts and Crafts Festival taking place over the Labor Day holiday weekend. This free event will give attendees the opportunity to meet with talented artists displaying a wide variety of handmade goods including oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry and much more — […]

South Lake Tahoe transitions to fall

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Before summer segues to fall, Tahoe South ( will celebrate a Labor Day last call: an amped-up holiday weekend of non-stop activities on and off the water including a food and wine festival, sternwheeler race, outdoor and showroom concerts and a fireworks extravaganza. Labor Day Weekend The Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler […]

Railtown 1897 celebrates Labor Day

JAMESTOWN — With train rides, live music and more, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown is the place to be this Labor Day Weekend. Popular excursion train rides will be available all three days Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5, that include special rides behind the famous “Movie Star […]

Stepping out: Charley cooks food that is out of this world

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” — Lewis Grizzard Savnik’s Food — Catering and Consulting I first ran into Charley Savnik at an event in Pollock Pines where he was cooking prime rib for a Christmas party. I had a friend with me who only ate meat that […]

Wedding bells are ringing

What: “Father of the Bride” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Thursday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 25. Shows are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. In addition, two Saturday night shows will be held Sept. 10 and 17, […]

Oak Ridge grad deployed to Afghanistan

U. S. Marine Corps Corporal Steven J. Ulrich, son of Steven W. and Teresa Ulrich of El Dorado Hills, is being deployed in September to Sangin, Afghanistan located in the volatile region of the Helmand Province. He is currently assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines based at Twenty Nine Palms, where he recently completed […]

Air Force Airman Ryan M. Riggen

Air Force Airman Ryan M. Riggen graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]