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 […]

Hangtown Car Show is rescheduled to next Sunday

Due to a forecast for rain on Sunday, May 15, the Placerville Lions Club has rescheduled the fifth annual Hangtown Car Show to Sunday, May 22. The fantastic display of classic, custom and muscle cars made prior to 1973 is put on by the Placerville Lions Club in association with the Placerville Downtown Association. The public […]

Breyer Fun Day at Kiddlywinks

For the fifth year, Kiddlywinks Toy Store will host a Breyer Fun Day on Saturday, May 21. Sponsored in tandem by Breyer, a division of Reeves International, children will be able to paint their very own miniature model horse for free and also win prizes. Younger children are encouraged to participate. Model painting will begin at […]

Stepping out: Jodi Hall is following her dream and more

“There’s a thousand little things that go into making a great-tasting sausage, … It’s just attention to detail, every darn one.” — Ralph Stayer High Sierra BBQ and Sausage Co. Recently when I drove through Diamond Springs, in front of Diamond Mart I noticed a large red trailer with a big meat smoker attached, and […]

‘In the Flow 4 Festival’ comes to Sacramento

An amazing line up of nationally recognized improvisational players — jazz, electronic, blues, rock, folk, poetry and spoken word are featured at the “In the Flow 4 Festival,” in  Sacramento through May 16. A full festival pass is $30 and includes a special festival T-shirt. There are also $10 per day tickets. The festival, produced […]

Sac State grads exhibit artworks

Sacramento State’s graduating class is exhibiting new works encompassing all disciplines covered by the Studio Art Program. The free Senior Art Show will run through May 20 at the Else and Witt galleries in Kadema Hall. Gallery hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Each year, the exhibition gets better and better,” said […]

Actors needed for outreach program

Female actors, between the ages of 15 and 19, who would like to be part of an outreach program next fall can participate in a special program. Soroptimist International of Cameron Park is again sponsoring a program that will be offered at middle schools called “Because You’re Special.”  Included in the program is the 30-minute […]

MontBleu Resort Casino announces entertainment line-up

Award-winning musicians, top-tiered comedy headliners, bike racing and celebrity golf await as MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa sets its sights on a summer season full of high-caliber entertainment. Memorial Day weekend is set to bring the house down with music and comedy. International House music sensation and two-time Grammy nominee Paul Oakenfold appears for a […]

California Railroad Museum jazzes it up

What: Jazz-Related Activities at the California State Railroad Museum Where: Old Sacramento State Historic Park When: Special activities inside the museum, Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30. Excursion trains running, Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30 Time: Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Excursion trains depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through […]

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Acclaimed guitarist to appear at Three Stages

What: Muriel Anderson and Raughi Ebert When: May 21, 7:30 and May 22, 2 p.m. Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: or call 916-608-6888 (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and two hours before showtime). Come to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College for a fiery evening with America’s award-winning guitarist and […]

NoNahme Clan to host spring flute fest

The fifth Spring Flute Festival hosted by the NoNahme Clan of the Northern California Flute Circle will be held at Garden Valley Park in Garden Valley on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those attending the festival will learn about indigenous music, instruments and culture. The public is invited and admission and entertainment are free. The organizer’s goal is […]

Disney fine art on show at the Railroad Museum

Attention movie buffs and pop culture enthusiasts there is a special, one-day only debut happening at the California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, on Sunday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be among the first to get a glimpse of an amazing fine art collection inspired by the movies of Pixar […]

Garden Tour is a bouquet of blossoms

What: Garden of the Hills Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: gardens in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 Cost: $20 Information: 916-933-1799 Roses, azaleas, perennials … oh, my. This year’s “Gardens of the Hills” tour hosted by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills has more blossoms and greenery […]

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Wendy Matson to speak to PAA

Wendy Matson, Placerville councilwoman and professional artist, will be the guest speaker at the Placerville Arts Association meeting this Sunday, May 15. Nationally recognized for her florals and portraits, Matson also enjoys the free expression of abstract paintings. She has been juried into the nation’s top watercolor exhibitions and been published in the “Artist’s Magazine,” […]