Grow For It! Master Gardener spring plant sale

The second annual spring plant sale, sponsored by the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County, will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, located at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The sale will be so much more than just an offering of […]

Crimson Sky and Isaac Bear to open concert

As opening acts for Prime Directive this Friday at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, Crimson Sky and Isaac Bear are set to delight the crowd with unique musical styles. Like Prime Directive, their aim is to please and to provide a divine musical experience. Crimson Sky takes the stage at 7 p.m., starting the night […]

Prime Directive treks to Friday concert

What: Concert: Who: Prime Directive, Crimson Sky and Isaac Bear When: Friday, March 25, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) – 11 p.m. Where: Mother Lode (Clara Schreiber) Lion’s Hall, corner of Pleasant Valley and Missouri Flat roads Cost: $5 Tickets/info:, Jonny Robert 530-391-6105 If music encompassed your essence of being, your core values and […]

Buckeye School students read for the stars

Buckeye Elementary School students proved recently that the “sky’s the limit,” when they participated in a reading challenge called “Reach for the Stars!!,” sponsored by Usborne Books and More. Students were challenged to read 300 minutes or more over a two week period. In addition, the students were asked to secure the support of family […]

As we were: Suspects nabbed, reporting for duty and possible theft

25 Years ago March 26, 1986 Burglary interrupted; duo nabbed POLLOCK PINES — Two suspects were arrested Friday on suspicion of burglary after they allegedly were interrupted by the would-be victim and nabbed by deputies after the homeowner phoned for help. Booked into the El Dorado County Jail were Timothy Allen Sinkey, 28, and James […]

Morel hunters can grow morels at home

Mother’s Day is the heart of morel season across much of the United States. In many of the more southern states, morels start to appear in March and Mother’s Day marks the last weekend of morel hunting. Mother’s Day usually signals the beginning of morel hunting season in the northern tier of states. Each spring starting in mid […]

Alzheimer’s Association looking for a few good volunteers

The Alzheimer’s Association works 24/7 to serve some 63,000 families in the Greater Sacramento Area who are themselves working 24/7 to cope with Alzheimer’s disease, and it mostly runs on volunteer power. The small staff at the Sacramento office on Bercut Drive couldn’t accomplish much of anything without the mighty help of its volunteers, who […]

An Evening with Art Spiegelman cancelled

SACRAMENTO — California Lectures announced  that “An Evening with Art Spiegelman” has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales this season. Until this year and the turn in economy, California Lectures has supported its programming and operational needs through strong ticket sales. Since 2003, when the organization first opened its doors, audiences have enjoyed […]

Successful teaching techniques work for all students

Book: “English for Dogs: 50 Words Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know” Author: Teresa Gary Publisher: Alpine Publications Cost: $18.95 How many words does your dog understand? My terrier knows “sit” for sure, because treats are involved; she knows “come” but chooses when she knows it; “up”, “get the mail” and “get in the truck.” Her […]

Leos serve soup, salad and the community

What: Soup and Salad Fundraiser for HELP Who: Union Mine High School Leo Club Where: Clara Schreiber Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Rd., Diamond Springs When: Sunday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cost: Tickets are $8 at the door; age 6 and under are free. Tickets can also be purchased from a UMHS Leo […]

Dodge Challenger, the white ghost

Retro is in, as demonstrated by the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T. Although the body remains the same, many improvements have made their way into the 2011 model. First is the new 305 hp V-6, a bonus of 55 hp from the prior V-6. There is a new horsepower war among the entry level V-6s in […]

Heavenly news: Mercury update

This month sees the appearance of the very evasive planet Mercury. Named after the Roman messenger God, Mercury darts back and forth from morning to evening sky several times a year but it is not easily seen. The reason for this is that it is never far from the Sun which makes it difficult to […]

Emmy-winning Doug Stanley to speak

What: Spring Banquet Who: Ponderosa High School Foundation Where: Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St., Placerville When: Friday, March 25, social hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Cost: $50 per person Information: 530-621-1673 or by e-mail On Friday, March 25, the Ponderosa High School Foundation will bring Doug Stanley to Sequoia […]

Folsom Symphony to perform at Three Stages

The Folsom Symphony will bring power and passion of 
Russian composers to Three Stages on March 26. Experience the contrasting energies of life under 19th-century Russian tsars and the 20th-century Stalinist regime at The Folsom Symphony’s next performance, “Russian Power/Russian Passion.” The program, Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., will be the orchestra’s second presentation […]

Jeffrey Halford to play at the Center for the Arts

GRASS VALLEY — It doesn’t seem like there could be a straight line between Dallas and San Francisco any more than there could be a direct connection between being an architectural student and learning to play guitar and singing on the mean streets of Chinatown and Union Square — until you hear Jeffrey Halford and […]

Gourmet restaurant for plants opens at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum will open the world’s first photosynthetic restaurant this spring. Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats has developed a gourmet cuisine for flora by filtering and mixing different wavelengths of sunlight. Keats’ installation will be on view in the floral plantings in front of the historic Crocker from April 16 through July 17. An […]

California reggae comes to MontBleu Casino Resort

Stone Senses, will take the stage at Blu Nightclub inside MontBleu Casino Resort, Saturday, March 19. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the MontBleu Box Office, Blu Nightclub, or online at To purchase by phone call MontBleu Resort at  775-588-3515. With their […]

‘Peter Pan’ flies on to the Divide

The fabulous talent of the local homeschoolers of the American River Charter School Drama Class will be showcased in a production of “Peter Pan,” Friday March 18, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Cool Community Church, 863 Cave Valley Road, Cool. Homeschoolers from Cool, Georgetown, Garden Valley and Pilot Hill […]

Chamber mixer to showcase business and film

The 2011 Business Showcase and I Love Film Mixer is Friday, March 18. It is a high-energy event which combines the showcasing of businesses and an insiders look at the film industry. The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and Media Office are the sponsors. The event starts with […]

The O Street Jumps to host Sunday blues jam

It’s March and the Sierra Blues Society’s Sunday Jam and Goodtimes is returning to the Rusty Nail Saloon, 6042 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, on Sunday March 20. The Rusty Nail is the former Magoon’s Saloon that was such a staple on the live music scene for the foothills. It’s now the Rusty Nail Saloon […]

Stepping out: Customers are very important at Tortilla Flats

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.” — Orson Welles Tortilla Flats In October of last year, Tortilla Flats, a 35 year old Mexican restaurant at 564 Main St. in Placerville, came under the ownership of Brian and Robin Feckner. The decline in the local […]

Second Pink Floyd Experience added

Paying tribute to one of the more revered bands in rock music, The Pink Floyd Experience will debut at Three Stages with not one, but two performances. A second show — complete with a stellar light show and a 12-foot pig blimp — has been added for Tuesday, March 29. “To be a really, really […]

‘Quilters’ interweaves threads from the community

What: “Quilters” mature themes. Recommended for 12+ Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds When: Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m.;** Sunday, March 27, 2, Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.; Friday, April 1,  7 p.m.;  Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m.;** Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m.; […]

Learn about luminosity in watercolor

Ever wondered who that artist is that paints subjects of everyday objects such as a bowl of fruit, a coffee pot, a toaster, a bowl of taffy candy and seen in print all over the region? The answer will be revealed at the monthly Placerville Arts Association meeting this Sunday, March 20. The featured guest […]

Cate Culver’s abstract art show to open new Placerville gallery

Pop Art Gallery and Framing is celebrating its Main Street grand opening in Placerville this weekend. The gallery’s first art exhibit will feature beloved Calaveras County artist Cate Culver showing “Abstracts.” “As an abstract artist color fascinates me. I feel it resonating in my body while mixing colors. When people encounter my paintings for the first […]

Art trio focuses on fiber at Upstairs Gallery

Lexie Boeger, Oran Miller and Claudine Granthem are opening a new show at the Upstairs Gallery, 420 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday. March 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 15. The Third Saturday Art Walk opening will feature fiber as a medium. Boeger has been involved in handspun […]

‘Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight’ to play to a sold-out crowd

“Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight!” is perhaps the longest running show in the history of the theater. Hal Holbrook has toured the show in some part of every year since 1954, and gave his 2200th performance in March 2010. The material is ever changing. Holbrook adds to his Twain material every year, editing and changing it […]

Spend an evening with Terry McMillan

SACRAMENTO — California Lectures presents “An Evening with Terry McMillan”on March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. in downtown Sacramento.  McMillan will be in conversation with author Mary Mackey discussing her work as a bestselling author, her influential role as an African American writer, and her most recent book, “Getting to […]

Master Food Preserver: How corny

Just how did corned beef and cabbage, that delightful combination, become the traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner for Irish Americans and “wannabe” Irish Americans? Actually, Ireland in the 1600s exported corned, or salted beef to England and the rest of Europe. Most Irish could not afford this delicacy as both beef and salt cost quite […]

Sacramento Zoo recognized for sound fiscal management

For the second year in a row, the Sacramento Zoological Society has received the top ranking — four out of a possible four stars — from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator. “We are honored to receive this recognition for a second straight year,” said Mary Healy, Sacramento Zoo Director/CEO. Only 20 percent of […]

Registration is open for photography workshop

SACRAMENTO — The California State Flower, Food and Garden Show is offering a hands-on workshop for 20 amateur or professional photographers interested in garden and landscape photography. The workshop will be presented by the award-winning garden and landscape photographer, Saxon Holt, and will be held on opening day of the Show, Thursday, April 7, at […]

‘After 5 Club’ to meet in April

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, April 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935 A Spring St. in Placerville. The goal of this gathering is […]

State Fair invites crafters, artists and designers to participate

SACRAMENTO — If you are an aspiring fashion designer, craftsman, or other type of creative artist, the California State Fair wants you to participate in the state’s largest showcase of creative arts. The deadline to apply is April 22. The California Creative Arts exhibit will present a showcase of crafts and textiles create by California’s […]

California State Fair is accepting homebrew beer entries

In the late 1970s, the same time the American brewing culture was changing in size and taste, a grassroots home brewing culture emerged. “The only way a person in the United States could experience other countries’ beer traditions and styles, was to make the beer themselves,” stated J.J. Jackson, the contracted organizer of this year’s […]

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At a glance: Dolley knew how to throw a party

Today is James Madison’s birthday. He was born in 1751 and was not exactly a big partier but his wife Dolley Payne Todd Madison knew how to celebrate. He would have to be very careful with his birthday cake candles since he was president when the White House caught fire. It wasn’t his birthday cake […]

Miss El Dorado competition preparations are underway

Preparations are now underway to recruit contestants for this year’s Miss El Dorado Scholarship competition, to be held Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School. In addition to local high school and college students, young women attending college outside of El Dorado County can compete when […]

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Master Food Preservers: Perfectly preserved potatoes

Tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, excites the little bit of Irish in everyone, and wearing green keeps one pinch-free. The color green, reminiscent of the Irish Flag, shamrocks and leprechauns, looks fine on clothing, but may be frightening if found on a traditional Irish staple, the potato. Actually, the green found in stored potatoes […]

Girl Scouts collect donations for food bank

In February, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, Service Unit 151, El Dorado Hills, and Service Unit 152, Cameron Park, held an all day food drive at two grocery store locations to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. The food drive was held at Safeway in El Dorado Hills and Food 4 Less […]

As we were: Soroptimists recognize donors, Bartletts practice, Chrysler dealer and growth

25 Years ago March 14, 1986 Cameron Park Soroptimist recognizes supporters At a breakfast meeting Tuesday, members of Soroptimist International of Cameron Park recognized several community residents for their contribution and support of charities in El Dorado County. “In the past eight months,” said Carol Louis, president, “the Cameron Park club has contributed over $17,000 to […]

Grow For It! Selections for plants and trees

Selecting the right plants for a garden can make the difference between a well-kept area that sparks interest and a yard that looks out of place next to a home or just looks tired overall. A critical part of the garden plan is picking those living materials that make the most sense for the style […]

California State Fair seeking young artists

SACRAMENTO — The California State Fair knows that the state is home to some amazingly talented young artists. That is why the  fair would like to invite all of California’s young artists, ages 5 to 18, to enter their crafts and artwork in the annual Youth Art and Design Expo. Award-winning entries will be displayed […]

Spring fling makes for summer blooms

What: Rhythm and Blooms Spring Fling Party Who: Flower Power Project Where: Wilkinson-Hupcey Building, 681 Main St., Placerville When: Saturday, March 19, 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $30 advance, two for $50 or $35 at the door. Purchase in Placerville at Annieberries, Carter-Kelly, MORE, Placerville Clothing, River City Bank, Susana Banana’s or online at Information: The […]

Ford SVT Raptor: Awesome is an understatement

For the last several years, Ford has been one of the leading auto manufacturers in the world in terms of design and build quality. F-150s have been the best selling pickup trucks for decades and this new SVT (special vehicle team) F-150 Raptor is why Ford is the leader in the automotive world. Raptor is […]

Iowa State student to participate in Alternative Break Trip

Kaitlyn Fuqua, a 2010 graduate of Union Mine High School, will be participating in an Alternative Spring break trip with Iowa State University. The Student Activities Center at Iowa State University is sponsoring five service trips this year. Fuqua is one of 10 Iowa State students headed to Kansas City, M0. to work with Operation Breakthrough. The objectives of […]

Pollock Pines spa to host free event to help women

In honor of National Women’s History Month in March, Dramatics Hair Studio, a premiere Pollock Pines spa location, is teaming up with Dermalogica, the number one professional skin care brand, to host an event open to the public. The event will help give women worldwide a hand up, proving that the beauty business is not skin-deep. […]