Air Force Airman Jeffrey D. Ikeler

Air Force Airman Jeffrey D. Ikeler 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 an […]

Air Force Airman Jeremiah Miller

Air Force Airman Jeremiah Miller 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 an […]

Air Force Reserve Airman Daniel L. Poole Jr.

Air Force Reserve Airman Daniel L. Poole Jr. 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 […]

A family divided but still united

United in intention, but divided in service, siblings Charles Douglas Harris and Jessica Lynn Harris have graduated from basic military training. Douglas Harris completed  15 weeks of infantry training at Ft. Benning, GA. and is a Private Second Class in the US Army. Private Jessica Harris completed 13 weeks of military training at Parris Island, […]

New date set for Thomas McGuane lecture

SACRAMENTO — California Lectures is pleased to announce that a new date has been scheduled for Thomas McGuane on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St. in downtown Sacramento. McGuane will be in conversation with Pam Houston, discussing his latest book, “Driving on the Rim,” as well as his work […]

Army Pvt. Steven Alan Wagy

Army Pvt.Second Class Steven Alan Wagy  graduated from Advanced Individual Training from Ft. Gordon, Ga. on Dec.14, after completing Basic Infantry Training at Ft. Sill, Okla. During the nine weeks of basic infantry training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and […]

Army Specialist Dawayne M. Davis

Army Specialist Dawayne M. Davis is currently serving a one year deployment at Fort Garry Owen, in Al Amarah, Iraq, where he is assigned to Intelligence. Davis completed basic infantry training at Fort Sill, OK. in 2008 and received specialized military training at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD, focusing on tract vehicle repair and […]

South County Business Walk is Friday

As part of the Business Walk series in El Dorado County, the Fair Play Marketing Group, the Fair Play Winery Association, and the El Dorado County Office of Economic Development will be conducting the South County Business Walk on Friday, March 11. The goal is to take the pulse of businesses in Fair Play, Grizzly […]

Economy indicators looking up in South Lake Tahoe

Recent indicators show tourism at Lake Tahoe South Shore ( is on the uptick. December occupancy was up 3 percent compared to last year (Smith Travel Research). The No. 1 ski destination in the U.S. (Rand McNally 2011; TripAdvisor 2010) has seen a rise of 1.7 percent through Reno-Tahoe International Airport since July; 14 percent […]

Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. reschedules lecturemondavi may 9

DAVIS — The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, has announced that Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has postponed his scheduled lecture at the Mondavi Center due to the death of his close friend and Harvard University colleague, Reverend Peter J. Gomes. His appearance will now take place on Monday, […]

El Dorado Hills fashion show to benefit Center for Violence-free Relationships

The El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club is hosting a Fashion Show and Luncheon to benefit the Center for Violence-free Relationships. The “Fantastic Voyage” featuring lovely fashions and wonderful lunch is Friday, April 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Natomas Inn in Folsom. Ticket are $45. The center is dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free […]

Wilderness meeting to showcase volunteer opportunities

Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. the Maidu Group of the Sierra Club will host a meeting to showcase ways local folks can participate as volunteers in support of the Amador and El Dorado County public lands. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the directors building at the El […]

California State Fair pass is better

SACRAMENTO —  The California State Fair and Raging Waters Sacramento are teaming up again this year to provide a great summer deal. With the high cost of travel and family entertainment, season passes to both attractions is the best deal for one low price. Plus this year’s season pass just got bigger, featuring unlimited rides […]

Spanish language health-e-App launched

The Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board has launched the Spanish language version of Health-e-App, opening online access to consumers at any time of the day or night and from any location with access to the Internet. Health-e-App is an application for California’s Healthy Families Program for children and Medi-Cal for pregnant women. It also allows […]

The Center for Violence-free Relationships receives grant

The Verizon Foundation awarded $200,000 in funding for domestic violence prevention programs in the Sacramento area at a luncheon. Gary George, director of government and external affairs for Verizon, presented a $15,000 grant to the Center for Violence-free Relationships in Placerville. “Verizon has a long-standing commitment to prevent domestic violence in communities we serve,” George […]

At a glance: Spring weddings are always nice

Maria Monroe became the first daughter of a president to marry in the White House on this date in 1820. James Monroe’s daughter married Samuel L. Gouverneur and even though Monroe’s presidency was called an “Era of Good Feeling” there was the Panic of 1819 and a big national debate over the admission of the […]

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Road beat: 2011 Honda CR-Z — a hybrid of a different sort

Honda’s new CR-Z appears at first blush to be a remake of the much beloved econo-sports car the CR-X of the 1980s. But it isn’t because it is a hybrid and weighs about 500 pounds more notwithstanding its diminutive size. And small it is, with an overall length of just 160 inches on a long […]

Grow For It! How to grow an egg

One sign that spring is about to come to the foothills is the presence of baby chickens in our local feed stores. Want to learn more about raising chickens? Come to a free class on “Backyard Chickens,” Saturday, March 12. The class starts at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building […]

Road beat: 2011 Kia Sportage, a huge step in the right direction

Sportage hit the ground running almost two decades ago (in 1993) with a cute small SUV that was actually more truck based. It sold reasonably well because of its cute rounded shape, small size and excellent fuel economy which were obtained by trading off some performance. For 2011, this third generation Sportage is an all […]

‘Rumors’ are flying at Oak Ridge High School

Oak Ridge High School drama opened its spring production “Rumors,” by playwright Neil Simon, Thursday night to a house that wasn’t quite packed, but nonetheless roaring with laughter for most of the performance. Directed by Janet Henke and assisted by Ryan Van Overeem and Nick Lawson, “Rumors” is a classic farce from the author of […]

As we were: Kings lose, dam news and Druids meet

25 Years ago March 10, 1986 Kings lose heartbreaker in LA By STEVE CARP INGLEWOOD — If you switched channels on your television set in the second quarter of the Kings-Los Angeles Lakers game and decided to watch wrestling or the “Love Boat,” you may have regretted it. The Kings gave the world champions all […]

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society to meet in April

The Sierra Foothills Audubon Society is having a general meeting April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Katie Chaplin, student at  Santa Barbara City College and employee USFWS will present “A Report on the California Condor Recovery Program.” Chaplin will discuss the current status, management, and research […]

Three Stages to present free program with town hall meeting

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College will host a new free program, “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: A National Conversation;” a major national humanities program traveling to 100 public libraries and art centers across America with a mission to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to […]

After 5 Club caregiver support group to meet

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, March 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935 A Spring St., Placerville. The goal of this gathering is to […]

Cameron Park Newcomers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Cameron Park Newcomers is in its 32nd year of meeting new people and doing fun activities. To be a member you do not have to live in Cameron Park or be new to the area. Everyone, single or married, is welcome to join for the many activities. Activities include luncheons, dinners, day trips, a book club, […]

Weidinger wins industry awards

STATELINE, Nev. — South Shore Lake Tahoe-based Weidinger Public Relations received four Awards of Excellence at the Public Relations Society of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter’s 24th annual Silver Spikes program. Weidinger PR was awarded in the category “Internet Based Communication” recognizing social media efforts for growth of the LTVA’s social media Website. WPR acquired the […]

Extra olive oil becomes new product

So if you turn lemons into lemonade and sows’ ears into silk purses, what do you do with 100 gallons of leftover olive oil? That was the dilemma that led the University of California, Davis Olive Center to link up with a young alumna and produce a new collection of olive-oil based body-care products, now available exclusively through […]

Caregiver group to meet

The Caregivers Support Group is held the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Valley Community Church (GVCC), 3500 Missouri Flat Road in room 205 in Placerville. The next meeting is March 17. All are invited to attend this free support group facilitated by Darlene Westphal with GVCC and Wanda […]

Celebrate Arbor Day in California by planting trees

California’s Arbor Day is here, and the best way to observe the holiday is to plant trees. Arbor Day in California will be celebrated on March 7-14. While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, several states, including California, observe the holiday at a time best suited for tree planting for […]

Gloria Steinem marks another first in her life

On Monday, March 7, Gloria Steinem will speak at Folsom Lake College’s Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, at 8 p.m. Her visit is in conjunction with Women’s History Week on the campus. The speaking engagement is the first featured lecture for Three Stages. Investigative journalist, writer, political organizer, lecturer, Steinem has been in […]

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Cameron Park to offer art classes

Cameron Park Community Services District Recreation Department is offering adult art classes. There is watercolor painting on Wednesdays beginning March 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This class will allow students to experience the beauty of watercolor. A drawing class is offered on Thursdays beginning March 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn how to draw using […]

Heavenly news: Sun-Earth day celebration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began outreach programs 11 years ago to educate the public on the Sun’s relationship to Earth. This celebration culminates yearly on or near the vernal equinox. Although we commonly refer to the two equinoxes as the days where there is an equal amount of night and day, it […]

Celebrate the golden age of the silver screen with ‘Winchester ’73’

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, March 5, with the 1950 Western, “Winchester ’73.” James Stewart hunts for the man who stole his rifle. Resolute, unwavering, he lets nothing distract him from his relentless quest, which finally results in a deadly shoot-out. The man who takes this rifle is someone from Stewart’s past, a man […]

Aquila Theater brings Shakespeare to Three Stages

Set against a classical Athenian backdrop, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” deals with the universal theme of love and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and, of course, marriage. Shakespeare’s famous play is performed by the Aquila Theater, renowned for “productions that are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect” (The New Yorker). […]

Yo-yo players to compete for state championships

On March 5, at 9 a.m. hundreds of yo-yo players from all over California and neighboring states will descend for the second year in a row on the Westfield Downtown Plaza, 547 L St. in Sacramento, to win. With over $2,000 in cash prizes available and $1,000 going to the head division champion, competitors will perform a two minute freestyle filled […]

Paul Cockrell to offer photography workshop

Paul Cockrell’s next half day photography workshop is Saturday, March 12. This workshop is an overview of digital photography and Photoshop and is geared to the beginning/intermediate level photographer. He will also go over processing HDR images using CS5. The workshop is 3 to 4 hours and will be starting at 1 p.m. at Cockrell’s […]

Snowline Hospice Folsom Thrift Store holds prom event

With high school proms just around the corner and everyone looking for a bargain, Folsom Thrift Store, at 616 East Bidwell St., is hosting its annual event “A Prom Dress to Remember” on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 300 beautiful gowns have been saved all year from among generous […]

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Step behind the cellar doors

Zinfanatics know that Amador County is the Mother Lode of great zinfandel, dating back to the early days of California’s Gold Rush in the 1850s. True to those roots, the Amador Vintners Association is making zinfandel the centerpiece of its annual Behind the Cellar Door weekend wine extravaganza on March 5 and 6, at which […]

Jack Russell Brewery participates in Beer Week

With the second annual Sacramento Beer Week underway us there are many beer events and beer pairing dinners in the Sacramento region. When it comes to pairing beer and food, the process of selection is relatively straightforward. When it comes to pairing people in business the ingredients for a successful partnership are far more complex. […]

Stepping out: Hangtown Hot Dogs is tail wagging good

“Everything has an end, except a sausage, which has two.” — Danish proverb Hangtown Hot Dogs Hangtown Hot Dogs, which is located at 374 Main St. in Placerville, is now under new ownership. Tymphani Schwall, who has a wonderful smile, bought the place a couple of months ago and is really enjoying having a place […]

The tale of a winemaker

For every winemaker there is a story of how that career path came to be. Nello Olivo’s journey to becoming an award-winning winemaker had a circumspect start. “In 1978 we lived in Hidden Hills, near Los Angeles,” said Olivo. “I knew a little bit about wine making, but not much. Then one day my wife, […]

Meticulous planning and care produce a winner

In 2001 Nello Olivo planted wine grapes on the property he and his wife, Danica, own in Cameron Park. Half of the grapes he grows are sold to wineries and, since 2005 the other half has been made into wine under the Nello Olivo Winery label. In 2010 he entered his wines in four highly […]

At a glance: Know the words

The Star Spangled Banner was approved by Congress as the official song of the United States of America on this date in 1931. They must have had people who could remember words better and who could sing better back then. Maybe Congress should have just done a song with no lyrics like Spain and then […]

Folsom Lake College celebrates Women’s History Week

Folsom Lake College will celebrate Women’s History Week March 7-11 with a wide range of events, many free and open to the community. The ongoing activities throughout the week include a display wall in the El Dorado Center Library honoring women in history and in our lives and an interactive Women’s History exhibit inside the Folsom […]

Volunteers needed to help with lunch services

Volunteers are needed on Mondays to help the Senior Nutrition Program with lunch service and clean up between 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall on the corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads. For more information call the Senior Nutrition Program at 530-621-6160. To learn more about other senior […]