Grow For It! Master Gardener third annual plant sale

The Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been busy this summer, enjoying the wonderful weather and doing what they love best — gardening. Many of them have been prepping for the third annual Fall Plant Sale to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 […]

Big Time at the Shingle Springs Rancheria

What: Shingle Springs Rancheria 17th annual Big Time Who: Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Where: 5281 Honpie Road in Placerville When: Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free Information: Malissa Tayaba at 530-262-2797 or Rachel Keola 530-417-6634 A group of young Indian women from the […]

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Entrants are needed for Placerville Wiener Dog Races

What: Placerville Oktoberfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Sept. 17, 3-8 p.m. Information: 530-672-3436 or go to Rita readies for the race, nose pointing straight ahead, paws paddling the air as she waits for the release. Then she’s off thundering down the corridor, ears flying, fur waving, intent on the finish […]

Kristi Yamaguchi to headline annual ScholarShare fest

What: ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento When: Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free admission Information: 916-808-7462 or Another story is set to come alive at Fairytale Town during the 11th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, a two-day event on Saturday, Sept. 24 […]

An insight on snapping that perfect floral photograph

Want to capture the beauty of that perfect flower or rose in the garden? Has the “perfect” photo capturing the beauty of the flower vanished when developed or printed? The Mother Lode Rose Society is presenting a photo workshop on composition, lighting, focus, pixels and general tips of photography at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. […]

Master Food Preservers: Basic cheese making

Knowing that most people love the taste of cheese, many supermarket owners have installed “cheese bars” for their customers. Cheeses vary from soft to hard, from sweet to tangy and all flavors in between. Some cheeses require weeks or months to age, while others will be ready to eat just hours after being made. Picking […]

The Pony Express is thundering across the country

The Pony Express is returning. The National Pony Express Association is by horse and rider relay, recreating the Pony Express of 1860-1861. The re-ride started Aug. 17 in St. Joseph, Mo. and will culminate Aug. 27, in Sacramento. Commemorative letters and personal mail will be carried on the re-ride. The first rider departed the Patee […]

‘White Bear’ combines lore and fact

Book: “White Bear” Author: Tal Leverett Publisher: Black Rose Writing, 174 pages, published 2010 Animal lovers might be tempted to put this book down after the main character’s decision at the end of Book II in Tal Leverett’s” White Bear, ” but things aren’t always what they seem. The book, subtitled, “The life and death […]

Foothill gourmet: Summer treats

Today’s column is a celebration of excellent new summer treats that run the gamut from cream pies to potato salad recipes my husband and I recently prepared. We’re enthusiastic about these delicious recipes and it’s our pleasure to share. To make the pie filling, be sure to cook it on low heat, continually stir and […]

Boys State is a life changing experience

Five boys from El Dorado County, chosen from the five traditional high schools and sponsored by American Legion Post No. 119,  participated in Boys State this summer and their lives were forever changed. The five Boys State participants were: Kyle Cerniglia, Joshua Jetter, Will Meigs, Oscar Rodriguez and Kevin Valentine. “I have a broader perspective […]

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Robinson’s Medical Equipment to celebrate new location

Robinson’s Medical Equipment and Supplies will be celebrating its grand re-opening at its new location, 1261 Broadway in Placerville, on Thursday, Aug. 25; Friday, Aug. 26; and Saturday, Aug. 27. The new location is next to Sierra Furniture. On Thursday, Aug. 25, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with the El Dorado County Chamber […]

Great art at Sac state

Native American art as history, the influence of a 1960s art movement, and exploring the professions of art — these are just a sampling of the exhibits, events and lectures coming up at Sacramento State this fall. “Spirit of the Basket” opens the fall exhibition season at the University’s Library Gallery. Running Sept. 1-Nov. 19, […]

Congo’s Staff Benda Belili debutes at Three Stages

FOLSOM— The story of the Congolese world music ensemble Staff Benda Belili — the band’s name means “beyond appearances” — is almost beyond belief. After a documentary about the group triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival, after the performances received critical acclaim all over the European continent, after the debut recording peaked at No. 3 […]

Summer celebration brunch at Henry’s Steakhouse

The award-winning Henry’s Steakhouse at Red Hawk Casino is offering a unique brunch experience on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Henry’s Steakhouse will be serving distinctive and sophisticated items to satisfy any palate. Henry’s guests can sample from a variety of items like the curry couscous salad, the duck mango salad […]

The Ahwahnee announces 30th annual Vintners’ Holidays

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The Ahwahnee, a recently refurbished, full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel located in scenic Yosemite Valley, will welcome 33 of California’s best vintners for its 30th annual Vintners’ Holidays event series starting this November. Celebrating three decades of excellence in winemaking in the unmatched and beautiful natural setting of Yosemite National Park, Vintners’ […]

Gold Country Fair is ‘Ag-Cited’

AUBURN — The Gold Country Fair, in Auburn, says “Let’s Get Ag-Cited” as it prepares for the upcoming 20th District Agricultural Fair Sept. 8-11. The fair which was established in 1936, and was named “The Fair that Wouldn’t Die” by Governor Ronald Regan, is celebrating its agricultural roots this year. Entering home-grown and hand-crafted exhibits […]

A big night of high energy music at the Cozmic Café

On Friday, Aug. 19, the Island of Black and White and Patrick Walsh (acoustic rock/reggae/funk) will be at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The Island of Black and White first appeared on the music scene of El Dorado Hills in 2004 when Chris Haislet and Jake Brutsche shared an instant chemistry, and a passion for […]

Hoedown for Habitat helps build homes

El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity will hold its Second Annual Hoedown event at Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Saturday, Aug. 20. Admission to the Hoedown for Habitat is free and provides many activities for kids including train rides, magicians and an Old Wild West Gun Fight. The event will also […]

Stepping out: Firewater Grill is a must try place in Coloma

“Every time I eat Rice Krispies … I listen.” — Merritt Malloy Firewater Grill Okay, you have never heard of the Firewater Grill. Neither had I until last week. It has only been open a couple of weeks and doesn’t have a sign yet, but you can easily find it because it is located on Highway […]

Family fun at Cameron Park concert

Note: The Family Fun Night was Saturday, Aug. 13. The free swim and concert are not on Saturday, Aug. 20. There will be family fun and concerts on the green Saturday, Aug. 13, in Cameron Park. The fun includes free community pool access, 2501 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, a free kids bounce house […]

Local author to sign books

Author Cecilia A. Ross will be signing copies of her book “Rose — Steel Mill Daughter” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Books ‘n’ Bears, 6211-A Main St. in El Dorado, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet the author and learn how she decided to write this interesting novel. Ross will also be signing the book and […]

Mother Lode Art Show winners announced

A collection of color and studies of all aspects of life are on view at the Placerville Arts Association’s 45th annual Mother Lode National Art Show. The works of art are on display at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville, through Aug. 28. The show is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an […]

The fun continues at Olde Coloma Theatre

What: “The Great Northern Amalgamated Pig Iron and Sperm Whale Company” or “Don’t Drink The Water” Who: Olde Coloma Theatre Where: 380 Monument Road in Coloma When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinées on Sept. 4, 11 and 18, at 2 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 18. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain time. Cost: $10 to $5 […]

Oak Ridge High School grad earns Bronze Star

U.S. Air Force Captain Bryan Healea was awarded a bronze star for intelligence support of coalition special forces while deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan between October 2010 and May 2011. Capt. Healea was the Deputy Director for Intelligence at the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan at the time. The 2001 Oak Ridge […]

Army Pvt. Fred E. Cisneros

Army Pvt. Fred E. Cisneros has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, […]

Air Force Airman 1st Class Erin D. Wooley

Air Force Airman 1st Class Erin D. Wooley 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 […]

Air Force Airman Lance A. Roller

Air Force Airman Lance A. Roller 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 […]

Air National Guard Airman Michael H. Foster

Air National Guard Airman Michael H. Foster 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 […]

Find treasures at the Sacramento Craft and Flea Outdoor Marketplace

The Sacramento Craft and Flea Outdoor Marketplace features hundreds of vendors selling unique and beautiful arts and crafts along with some newly manufactured quality goods including: jewelry, art, textiles/linens, food, furniture, accessories, kitchen wares, imports and more. The market is Sunday, Aug. 28. The market is located under the “WX” Freeway in Sacramento between Midtown […]

EDH Chamber plans trip to Ireland

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Collette Vacations, presents “Shades of Ireland” on March 11 to 20, 2012. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and visit Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal Factory, Blarney Stone, Cliffs of Moher, A Night in Cabra Castle and more. There will be an informational meeting on Monday, Aug. […]

UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class

The UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class Making Worms Work for You is Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Join Master Gardeners Merry Campbell, Gail Fulbeck and Cindy Young for this presentation on how to use this hardworking friend of all gardeners, the worms. Learn how worms can rapidly break down kitchen waste […]

Register to Run For Courage

Run For Courage Inc. a non-profit that exists to raise awareness and funds to combat sex trafficking, is having a fundraising run on Saturday, Oct. 8. RFC looks to host 2,000 runners this year at the beautiful Parkway Trails for the second Run For Courage 5K/10K Walk/Run. Registration is now open for the event. This […]

Rotary Youth Exchange program needs families

Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes. Host families enjoy the company of a student for three months. The requirements include treating the student as part of the family, providing the student with his or her own bed, and facilitating attendance at Union Mine High School. […]

GVCC Caregiver Support Group to meet

The Caregivers Support Group is held the third Thursday of each month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, room 205, in Placerville. The next meeting is Aug. 18. All are invited to attend this free support group facilitated by Darlene Westphal with GVCC and Wanda Demarest, program […]

First 5 El Dorado executive director retires

Debra Herr, chair of First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission announced the retirement of Dr. Steven M. Thaxton. Thaxton was appointed as executive director for the commission when Proposition 10 was passed by the voters in 1998. Prop 10 established a First 5 California Children and Families Commission and local commissions in all […]

My Girlfriends Garden meets in EDH

Looking for a place to grow your dreams. My Girlfriends Garden is a non-membership fee, social networking group for women. Hopes and dreams range from business goals to personal aspirations. Everyone is invited to join the group to share thoughts and ideas with new and established girlfriends. Consider joining to share a dream together like […]

On the spot: Annetta Roffe

Age: 81 Residence: Pollock Pines Hometown: Pollock Pines Occupation: Retired, now volunteering at the Pollock Pines Library Favorite movie: “Gone With the Wind.” Favorite book: “Molly and Me.” Favorite vacation spot: Alaska. Something no one knows about you: “I have four great grandchildren.” What is your best quality? “My love for children.”

Author to speak at Newcomers lunch

At its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 15, Jennifer Ann Gordon will be entertaining Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club members at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Gordon is an author, a speaker, an entrepreneur, artist, a single mother of three glorious children and a poet. In her heart’s eye, writing is […]

NAMI to hold family education programs

The National Alliance on Mental Illness invites the public to register for the “Family to Family” educational program for family members and friends whose lives have been impacted by mental illnesses The series consists of 11 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. […]

Christian Women’s lunch in September

The public is invited to “In Renaissance Fashion,” a luncheon by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries) on Monday, Sept. 12, at noon. Cost is $16. The lunch is at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Country Club Drive in Placerville. The featured guest will be Marissa Pilgrim, from Roseville. She will […]

Another big win at the State Fair

Nello Olivo wines, in just their second year of competing, are winning major awards again, including another big win at this year’s California State Fair. Last year, judges named Nello Olivo’s Sangiovese ‘07  “Best Sangiovese of California” and “Best Red of Region.” This year, the Petite Sirah ‘06 has won “Double Gold” and “Best of […]

Renny Pritikin to kick off Sac State art lectures

Renny Pritikin, director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at University of California, Davis, kicks off the “Professions of Art: A Lecture Series,” which features four guest speakers at Sacramento State. Sponsored by Sacramento State’s Art Department, Pritikin’s presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the University’s Kadema Hall […]

Book signing at Books ‘n’ Bears

Author Sonja Bartimus will be signing copies of her book “The Delightful Miss Carrie” at Books ‘n’ Bears, 6211 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug 19. In her recently released biographical novel, “The Delightful Miss Carrie,” Bartimus recounts the true-life adventures of Carrie Watson Dinsmore, born in Vallejo in 1889, […]

Grow For It! Hardscape into the landscape

Hardscape is generally defined as the permanent materials used in the landscape other than growing objects. Things like fences, paths, patios and planters are broad categories of hardscape. Just as with plant materials, the choices, costs and options are limitless today, but a few basic principles still apply. Style and scale play important roles in […]

Master Food Preservers: Save the strawberries

Plump, juicy, red, ripe strawberries pop up at every roadside intersection to tempt passersby with tasty spring goodness. Who can resist stopping to buy a basket or three? With such an abundance of the delicious fruit available at this time of the year, smart consumers will find many ways to preserve the scrumptious berries. Keep […]