Baby bird classes offered Wednesdays

Sierra Wildlife Rescue always needs and welcomes new volunteers for the Baby Bird Nursery, which takes in many hundreds of nestlings and fledglings of all species each summer. SWR provides hands-on training at the Baby Bird Nursery. Attendees learn how to feed and care for the baby birds at the classes offered from May through July. […]

Festival season springs into action

It’s time to spring into festival season. The San Francisco Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season officially kicks-off on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 in Mountain View where cool, vibrant Castro Street morphs into a moveable feast of people and colorful tents for the 19th annual A La Carte & Art. Presented by […]

See basket weaving at Indian Museum

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are pleased to present a special Native American Basketweaving Demonstration with Dixie Rogers, Karuk tribe, on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Museum guests will be mesmerized by watching Rogers as she skillfully demonstrates how to use a variety of materials and techniques while sharing Native American […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers tree-care booklet

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive “Conservation Trees,” a user-friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful photos and easily understood descriptions, by making a $3 donation to the foundation this month. “’Conservation Trees’ is an ideal resource for tree planters,” said […]

Top musicians to perform

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents its last concert of the 2014-15 season on Sunday, May 3 starting at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert is free and open to the public. The program includes the Septet […]

Fundraiser features Capitol Pops

“Java & Jazz,” a free musical event benefitting Bella Vista High School’s bands and auxiliary programs, will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the school, 8301 Madison Ave. in Fair Oaks. The fundraiser in the school’s big gym will feature live performances by the Bella Vista Jazz and Concert Bands. Special guest, […]

Sample and savor the first Chocolate Week in Old Sac

Sweet, satisfying and sinfully smooth — the first-ever Old Sacramento Chocolate Week happening May 4-10 will feature chocolate. It will be drizzled on fresh and warm mini doughnuts, made into spicy cayenne cocoa bites or even dripping in dark chocolate balsamic vinegar paired with blood orange olive oil. Coordinated by the Old Sacramento Business Association with […]

MacMaster and Leahy fiddle around at Harris Center

The “First Family of Fiddling” makes world-class music at the Harris Center for the Arts as Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have created a new show featuring their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario. The evenings of Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5 will […]

Breakfast at a working ranch

Come and join the Sacramento Valley Conservancy Staff for the splendor of freshly made pancakes hot off the grill with a steaming cup of coffee at the eighth annual Cowboy Breakfast at Deer Creek Hills on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Returning this year is local cowboy poet Jeralynn Strong. She’ll share her clever […]

Merle Haggard performs at Carson Valley

Merle Haggard appears in concert on Friday, May 1 at TJ’s Corral, the Carson Valley Inn’s Outdoor Concert and Event Center. The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. The word legend usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Haggard. It’s an acknowledgement of his artistry and his […]

Mother Lode celebrates bus drivers

Tuesday, April 28 was California School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day. The day officially recognized all school bus drivers for their continued and excellent services to the youth of the state and El Dorado County. These drivers are deserving of special public recognition and the highest commendations. This day is promoted by the California Association of […]

Mental health issues take center stage

If you are alive on this planet, you are struggling with mental health issues, according to three women instrumental in an upcoming Mental Health Awareness Weekend set for May 2 and 3 at Green Valley Church in Placerville. The following Monday, May 4, a half-day mental health workshop will be presented at the church, furthering […]

Writing coach to present Voices for Veterans workshop

Veterans’ Voices, an ongoing writing workshop for veterans, will resume on Thursday evening, April 30 at Placerville’s historical Fausel House. This six-week workshop is an opportunity for veterans — in particular those who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan — to write their stories, whether service related or not, vis-à-vis memoir, letter, poetry, fiction or drama. […]

Foothill gourmet: Saffron is the star

Saffron has starred in several previous columns. I delight in the flavor and color of saffron, so my opinion is that everyone should have the experience of enjoying saffron. Saffron is presumed to be expensive. By weight saffron is the most expensive spice. Since it takes only a small amount to flavor dishes, actually it […]

As we were: Tahoe appointment

25 Years Ago April 27, 1990 Vacancy on Lake Tahoe Conservancy Board filled Supervisor Pat Low’s retirement has created a vacancy on the Tahoe Conservancy Board, and board members decided Tuesday to fill it by appointing Supervisor Bob Dorr to the position. Chairman John Cefalu, who represents District 5 which includes part of the Tahoe […]

Small steps are making a big difference

One step at a time, one day at a time — and 11 months later Brian Smith has shed 206 pounds — and is still counting. The steps the young man has taken have brought him a long way from the day he remembers feeling so sick he could barely move his 600-plus pound body […]

Shingle Springs Subaru shares the love

From Nov. 20, 2014 to Jan. 2 Subaru of America Inc. announced plans to donate $15 million to charitable partners in its annual Share the Love event. In 2013, Subaru donated $10 million to Share the Love charities and, over the course of this six-year program, Subaru has donated a total of $35 million. Subaru retailers […]

Volunteers love their job

Dick Lawson thought it was “safe” for his wife to volunteer for a horse rescue group because the big-hearted Sue wouldn’t be able to bring them home with her. Guess again, Dick. Sue now has a favorite horse at the sprawling and lovely All About Equine horse rescue ranch in El Dorado Hills and she’s […]

Things to do: April 24, 2015

ONGOING put gold 424 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 3, is featuring Carlotta Tormey, amazing watercolor artist. Also featured is photographer James Canning and raku potter Lisa Bone. The gallery is a cooperative gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for […]

All About Equine holds Help A Horse Day event

All About Equine Animal Rescue Inc. will be celebrating the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals national Help A Horse Day on Sunday, April 26. The rescue program will be competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with its efforts to rescue and protect horses. […]

‘Beyond the Conversation’ at Mondavi Center

TEDxUCDavis will be holding its biggest conference of the year, “Beyond the Conversation” on Sunday, April 26 at 1 p.m. The event is in partnership with the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and will be held at the center itself, located on the University of California, Davis campus. The Mondavi Center […]

Flowers and trashy art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience, a flower-and-recycled-art-themed gallery show featuring local artists Agi Gillespie, Audrey Keebler, Art Wendorf, Cindy Stephens, Joey Cattone, Joyce Mason, Lara Gularte, Oran Miller, Ramona Kaye Beckwith, Pam Henderson and Sue Costa. Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy […]

See wild flowers from Western Railway’s Scenic Limited train

Mother Nature saw fit to add some spring color to Solano County’s farms and fields this year, despite California’s ongoing drought and you can see them from Western Railway Museum’s Scenic Limited train. “We were quite surprised,” said Kristina March, the museum’s public programs manager. “We always get some flowers in our area, even in […]

Cruise into ‘Anything Goes’ at Union Mine

What: “Anything Goes” Who: Union Mine High School drama students Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: April 24 to May 2 Cost: $12 for general admission and $10 for students Information: [email protected]   Ocean liners, cabaret singers, public enemies, stowaways and the nobility are all part of “Anything Goes” —the light-hearted […]

Foothill Foodie: Celebrate spring

A berry good fish taco It’s a fun time of year to be a foodie. Spring means restaurants are starting to change up their menus to fit the season. Entrées of the equinox celebrate this moment’s fresh and bright flavors. The citrus spark of chopped cilantro; the peppery perk of garden-fresh arugula; a crunchy, spicy radish; […]

PAA announces winners

The Spring Member Art Show presented by the Placerville Arts Association is on display at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The free show will hang through Friday, April 24 from 8-5 p.m. A diverse collection of pieces represent art from realism to abstract and experimental in watercolor, […]

Oak Ridge show highlights students’ creativity

More than 400 students will display their works at Oak Ridge High School’s second annual student art show, themed “Celebrate the Creative.” The free show is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. “After thinking about what Oak Ridge has to offer in terms of art I realized we didn’t have an art show yet,” […]

The Replacements are the real deal

Concert review SAN FRANCISCO — The best way to drown disappointment of the Giants’ baseball team losing its home opener last Monday was to cap the day off with alternative rock pioneers The Replacements at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium as 3,300 did — many donning SF gear. Back after a near 25-year absence with […]

Mondavi announces 2015-16 season

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis announces its 14th season of performing arts, filled with the leading artists in music, dance and theater, speakers and a collection of films screened with live musical accompaniment. The season, sponsored by Western Health Advantage, begins on Sept. 21 with the […]

Capital Stage season is diverse

Capital Stage is proud to announce its 2015-16 season: “A Brave New World.” This ground-breaking season will include five Sacramento premieres, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a new Capital Stage original adaptation, as well as the first foray into musical theater. Capital Stage’s 11th season will push the […]

Ken Scanavino honored for volunteerism

AARP Services Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of AARP that oversees providers and the products offered to its members, recognized Kenneth Scanavino for his 50-plus hours of volunteer service in the community. Community involvement is an important part of the organization’s Mission and Kenneth Scanavino’s life. Scanavino has volunteered at Green Valley Community Church on Saturday […]

2 Kids + 6 dogs = 2 belt buckles

El Dorado County 4-H offers a county-wide project for Guide Dogs for the Blind. At the regular club meeting of El Dorado Second Sight Paws for the Blind, two outstanding puppy raisers were recognized for their exceptional services to the Guide Dog Program. Gina Phillipsen and Ali Bayard have each raised at least three guide […]

Campaign finance reform

  First place essay By Riley Wilson Golden Sierra High School Our government has built-in checks and balances to help assure our political systems are fair. When there has been an imbalance, a constitutional amendment has been drafted, voted for and enforced. We have an imbalance in our system right now. Excessive private funding of […]

Essay winner has a passion for life

What: Annual awards luncheon Who: El Dorado Democrats Where: El Dorado County Office of Education, Room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, April 25 at noon Cost: $17 Information: 530-621-0409   It’s time to turn the tables and cheer for Riley Wilson. The 17-year-old cheerleader for Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley just won first place […]

At a glance: Look up

Early risers may get more than a worm, they may get some sparkle to start their day. The peak nights for the Lyrid meteor shower are Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23. Get up before dawn to be treated to some nice shooting stars that may not have great trains but can be fireballs. […]

Grow For It!: Rain: Saving for a sunny day

Wow. What a dry year. And yet there has been rain. Were you prepared and able to store some of that precious rain for your parched garden? If not, it’s never too late to get set up for the future. Rainwater is a wonderful resource that every homeowner has but few take advantage of. Those […]

A day for the Earth

The 10th annual Placerville Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the green at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. The will be an art and crafts fair, activities for children, displays, face painting and an all day music festival. Performers will include Linda Michelle Hardy […]

Time to enter wine competition

The El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition gives wineries the opportunity to go for the gold. Wine competition is serious business and the staff at El Dorado County Fair continually refines the competition. The El Dorado County competition structures its judging by having the order of the flights poured based on residual sugar. There […]

Visit the amazing Home and Garden Show

Spring is here and that means it is time for the 35th annual El Dorado County Home and Garden Show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The amazing show features vendors offering everything for the home and the garden and is from Friday to Sunday, April 24 to 26. Admission to […]

Arts in Nature Festival has something for everyone

The Georgetown Arts in Nature Festival is Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Georgetown Nature Area. Come for all or part of the day and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Headliner Joe Craven, will perform and sing with his talented daughter Hattie on the main amphitheater stage. Earlier in the day visitors can take […]

Fiddlers bring high energy fun to Harris Center

Picture the Harris Center for the Arts stage filled with 50 fiddlers backed by piano, drums, cellos, guitars, harps and even a harmonica, projecting a sound as lively as a dance band and as majestic as a symphony orchestra. Front this merry group of music-makers with Scottish master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose humor, passion and […]

For the fun of writing

What: Authors’ Day Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: The clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville When: Sunday, April 26, noon Cost: $10 Information: 530-626-8868 or 530-622-8501   If you’ve ever wondered about the little town of Rescue and its surroundings or if you’ve ever pondered why your neighbor’s garden is so lush while yours seems to […]

Talent at Wine Tree Farm

The public is invited to Wine Tree Farm Winery to enjoy a trio of musical talent on Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. Robert Monteleone, renowned jazz pianist, will be joined by Rose Borunda, Native American flautist and her daughter, Lilian, with vocals and percussion. Appetizers will be available and Corinne’s award-winning Rhône wines and blends […]

Author makes presentation at Railtown 1897

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer special meet-and-greet opportunities with Barbara Hettwer, author of “The Seamstress of Jamestown” on Saturday, April 25, a day when steam train rides behind Sierra No.3 are also available. Hettwer will be at the park from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to talk with […]

Honky Tonk tells three women’s stories

Catch a glimpse of the lives of three women who dream of becoming country-music divas in “The Honky Tonk Angels” playing at Sierra Repertory’s Fallon House Theatre in April and May. First staged by Sierra Rep in 2004, this musical comedy features three heroines: a dirt-poor farm girl, an exasperated housewife and a fed-up secretary. […]