Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, South Lake Tahoe’s premier fine art gallery is honored to present Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited from May 17 to  June 22 at the gallery. […]

Grow For It: Water-saving drip irrigation

It is doubtful that anyone living in El Dorado County or the whole of California for that matter who is not aware of the serious drought conditions impacting everything from household water use, home gardening, commercial agriculture, new home construction, etc. The list is a long one. We all need to do our part to […]

Trails Advocates to hold candidate’s forum

Trails Advocates of El Dorado County is holding a Meet the Candidates night on Wednesday, April 9 from 6-8. The forum will take place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in the Organ Room, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Ten of the 14 candidates running for Board of Supervisor seats in district 4 and 5 […]

Snowline Hospice honors 40 years of volunteering

Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared the first National Volunteer Week to recognize Americans who give of their time and talents to benefit others. This was the same year, 1974, that the Connecticut Hospice — one of the first hospices in the country — opened its doors changing the way dying persons were cared […]

Mercy auxiliary hands out $1,000 scholarships

Future doctors, surgeons, therapists and other healthcare professionals received a helping hand from the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Auxiliary as auxiliary members handed out $1,000 scholarships. Out of 21 students interviewed, 11 students from El Dorado Hills and Folsom high schools received money to continue their education, including Oak Ridge senior Cody Ellis, who thanked […]

At a glance: Double delight

There will be a double delight in the night sky on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of Earth making its closest contact since January 2008. Mars will be easy to spot with its steady fiery-colored tint with a brightness to match Sirius, the most luminous of all […]

Youth of El Dorado: A learning experience for everyone

The El Dorado High School Leadership Class teamed up with Pinewood School’s third grade class and invited the Pollock Pines students to El Dorado for a fun-filled day on Thursday, March 13. Activities included icebreakers, a third grade slideshow and puppet show, Lava Race, “Ro-Sham-Bo” contest, campus tour, snacks and a pizza lunch. These activities […]

Disabled vet helps others, gets help

Former Marine, Don Kearney, 56, used to live in his Pilot Hill home, alone but for the past two and a half years he’s been the guardian of his two small grandchildren, 3-year-old Mahender and 4-year-old  Anastasia. “I’ve had to change my life completely,” said Kearney, “I used to be kind of a recluse but […]

Hike Yosemite Valley with James McGrew

YExplore Nature Tours presents a five-hour introductory walk through Yosemite Valley, led by James McGrew. He will expertly guide you through the valley to discover its vast beauty while discussing the natural history of this remarkable place. Participants will have ample opportunities to absorb the area’s budding spring wildflowers while uncovering the incredible vistas that have […]

Senior Peer Counseling available to seniors

El Dorado County seniors 55 and older can find help from the Senior Peer Counseling office. If you are having difficulty with loneliness, grief, depression, stress, anger and/or anxiety, Senior Peer Counselors can help. Call Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado County at 530-621-6304. This service is professionally supervised, confidential and offered without charge, however […]

‘Sister Act’ coming to Sac

“Sister Act,” the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at Community Center Theater on Tuesday, April 8 for a limited engagement, running through April 13. “Sister Act” is produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment, featuring an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning […]

The healing power of food and prayers

After a whitewater rafting trip on the American River, Greg and Mary Kemp thought El Dorado County might make a good place to retire. Mary laughs about the word “retire” now. With a successful restaurant and plenty of community involvement, retirement doesn’t describe her life at the moment. From one wine region, the Santa Ynez […]

As we were: Good appointment

25 Years ago April 5, 1989 Raffety promoted to editor Michael Raffety, 42, has been promoted from managing editor, announced Mountain Democrat Publisher Jim Webb. Prior to taking over as managing editor, Raffety served eight years as city editor of the Democrat. Raffety holds 18 state and regional awards for editing, writing and photography. Raffety […]

Crocker and Sac State U-Nite for art

California State university, Sacramento’s art faculty members will present their works in a special exhibit, Gypsy jazz will fill the air and a giant, inflatable brain will be filled with balloons. Those are just a few of the many attractions to be offered when Sac State and the Crocker Art Museum, 216 ) St. in […]

Teens have fun at the library

An oasis of learning at the El Dorado County Library’s Placerville branch finds students gathering the second Tuesday of each month to have fun while learning and at the same time grab some credit that will look great on college entrance applications and job résumés. The Teen Library Council not only encourages reading but has […]

Foothill dining: Fun edible centerpieces

Less than 15 percent of Americans typically plan to celebrate Easter in a restaurant. This means the vast majority will dine at home. Aside from the meal must-haves (ham, eggs, spring vegetables and favorite family desserts) a beautiful table is a priority as well. Balancing busy, hectic lives with a desire to create meaningful family […]

Program features contemporary chamber music concert

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents a program of contemporary chamber music on Sunday, April 6, starting at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The program features music for winds by three modern French composers: the “Trio d’Anches” (Reed […]

Grange presents ‘Spring Hootenanny’

The Gold Trail Grange is kicking off spring with a “Spring Hootenanny” — a community fundraiser to benefit Junior Guides, a new local not-for-profit program. The hootenanny will be held at the Grange, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma, on Friday, April 4 from 4:30-10 p.m. Arran Harris and The Farm Band will be rocking the […]

Snowboarders return for Heavenly High Roller Hold ‘Em

The cards were dealt, the bets were placed and the top three snowboarders took home the jackpot. Chas Guldemond, Gjermund Braaten and Eric Willett, the three podium winners from the inaugural Heavenly High Roller Hold ‘Em, return to the competition on Saturday, April 5 to defend their titles. In partnership with Snow Park Technologies, High […]

Find adventure in Old Sac

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground is more your style. Either way, Old Sacramento State Historic Park has just the ticket with history-rich weekend excursion train rides and crowd-favorite Old Sacramento Underground Tours resuming on Saturday and Sunday with each program offering fun new twists […]

Things to do: April 4, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, April 7 through May 4, is showing the award-winning abstract paintings of Ramona Beckwith. Also featured are award-winning pastels and oil paintings and original hand painted silk scarves and elegant wire wrapped jewelry of Blanche Kawahara. Now available at the gallery is the new member produced book […]

Visit Cedar Springs Waldorf School

Spring presents abundant opportunities to see into the world of Waldorf Education at Cedar Springs Waldorf School, 6029 Gold Meadows Road in Placerville. The best possible way to experience Cedar Springs is to visit the campus to interact with the students, teachers and community. The staff at Cedar Springs invites the public to the campus to […]

Author of ‘Celestine Prophecy’ comes to CP

Join the best-selling author of “The Celestine Prophecy” James Redfield, as he teaches how to return to a place of personal integrity and step into alignment with the spiritual design of the universe. “The Celestine Prophecy: Twelfth Insight” all day workshop will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Spiritual […]

Get healthy at Fairytale Town

Enjoy fun games, free play, gardening activities, health screenings and more at Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival at Fairytale Town on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. At this free celebration of active and healthy living, Sutter’s medical personnel will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on healthy childhood development. Enjoy a […]

Poetry and pizza happens at the library

Join Poetry Off-the-Shelves for the perfect combination of poetry and pizza at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, on Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. Celebrating National Poetry Month, the library’s poetry group invites the public to savor poetry reading, pizza eating and good, clean family fun. Read a poem of […]

Woodheads to raise funds for woodworking classes

On Monday, April 7, the Society of Woodheads Only (SOWHO), spearheaded by Jim Von Tellrop Jr., will gather once again at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub in Placerville to raise funds for the woodworking classes at five local high schools. Celebrating its 10th year, this lively event features an array of generously donated auction items […]

Passport is a ticket to wine

El Dorado wine country’s Passport weekends in April provide the oenophile and the wine novice an opportunity to meet the winemakers, taste award-winning wines and enjoy music, art and other wine associated activities at the members of the El Dorado Winery Association members. The association’s Passport 2014 weekends are April 5-6 and 12-13, and this […]

Beer competition returns to the El Dorado County Fair

More than 1.2 million people brew beer at home in the United States. That’s 2 million barrels of beer fermenting and bubbling in closets and cellars nationwide each year according to the American Homebrewers Association. Homebrewer and co-owner of one of Park West’s newest businesses, home brew and winemaking supplier The Brewer’s Barn, Tim Daniel […]

Salon Doré re-opens at Legion of Honor

After a 17 month comprehensive conservation project, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has re-opened the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor. Developed by Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture, this complete refurbishment of one of the finest existing examples of 18th […]

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

Wednesday Bienusa of Somerset and Adam Frega of Folsom are engaged to be married in July 2016. The bride-elect is the daughter of Alan and Joyce Bienusa of Somerset. She is a graduate of Union Mine High School and Folsom Lake College and is graduating from California State University, Sacramento in May 2014. The groom-to-be […]

Wedding: Candi Marden and Jaime Pike

Candi Marden and Jaime Pike, both of El Dorado, were united in marriage on March 23 aboard the Tahoe Paradise Yacht at Zephyr Cove, Nev. The reception was held on the Tahoe Paradise Yacht. The Rev. David B. Beronio officiated. The bride was given in marriage by her father William Marden. The wedding ceremony united two families into […]

Film focuses on ‘The Vision of Wangari Maathai’

Screening Wednesday, April 9 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” is at once an environmental, historical and human rights documentary. The award-winning film follows the remarkable life of Wangari Maathai of Kenya as she launches a Green Belt movement in the ’70s to plant trees […]

Divide gallery features metal artists in April

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is honored to feature metal artists, Kelly and Janis Quinn of “Other People’s Junk — Art Created From Recycled Metal.” As guest artists of the month for April, they will be transforming part of the gallery into a glorious Garden of Eden complete with metal totem poles, flowers, toadstools […]

Festival at Sac State showcases the arts

The Festival of the Arts makes its annual return to California State University, Sacramento with a five-day lineup, capped Sunday with a day full of performances, attractions, music and demonstrations for the entire family. This year’s festival runs April 9-13 and covers all fields of art — visual and performance. “Each year the festival offers […]

Engagement: Megan Brianna Donnelly and Jonathan Christian Leaf

Megan Brianna Donnelly of Santa Barbara and Jonathan Christian Leaf of Menlo Park announce their engagement. The bride-elect is a student at Westmont College, studying English and graduating in May 2014. She plans to attend graduate school. She is the daughter of Michael and Tania Donnelly from Placerville. The groom-elect is an electrical engineering Ph.D. student at Stanford University. […]

Announcement: Interested in a military career?

Interested in a full-time career as a member of the U.S. Army? Qualified active duty soldiers can earn up to $69,000 in tuition assistance, in addition to salary and benefits. The Army Reserve also offers tuition assistance, as well as paid duty for one weekend a month and two weeks a year. Interested in seeing […]

Take it with you at Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater is presenting one of the most popular and successful plays of modern times, “You Can’t Take It With You,” through Saturday, April 19. Kaufman and Hart’s comedic three-act play, set in New York, takes place in the mid-1930s and focuses on what happens when a family of conservatives clashes with an eccentric family […]

Falcon’s Eye Theatre presents ‘Spring Awakening’

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College announces its April 2014 production of the electrifying musical drama, “Spring Awakening.” This marks the first performance by The Falcon’s Eye on the magnificent main stage of the Harris Center for the Performing Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, […]

Spring Art Show brightens the landscape

Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is to wash the dust off your soul.” It’s spring. Take Picasso’s advice and take time to wash the dust off your soul by attending the annual Placerville Art Association’s Spring Member Art Show Monday, April 7 through Friday,  April 11 at the El Dorado County Government […]

Scout: Eagle Scout Chandler Morrill likes doing good deeds

Joining the Boy Scouts as a youngster was “just another thing my mom put me in” for Chandler Morrill of Placerville, but a half-dozen years later he proudly attended his Court of Honor on March 8, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Chandler’s project that topped off the years of Scouting that led to […]

Golden Bough plays music of seven Celtic nations

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association — the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County — is thrilled to present Golden Bough at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 as its sixth and final concert of the 2013-14 season. Golden Bough’s April 9 appearance at the Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High […]

Learn how horse camp can make kids smile

The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection is Monday, April 14 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. The monthly lunch starts at noon with seating at 11:30 a.m. and is $16. The featured topic is A Ranch of Light, a local youth organization that hosts learning activities for at-risk middle school children. Attendees will learn […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

Air Force Airman Brian Polk graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 […]

Western Railway Museum celebrates arrival of spring

Rain? Drought? Wildflowers? Whatever the weather, the Western Railway Museum’s spring trains, Scenic Limited and Vintage Comet, will once again roll through the California countryside in April. Cookies and lemonade are served in the first class observation car of the Scenic Limited, making it perfect for an afternoon outing. If a sampling of local award-winning […]

Grow For It!: County fair: show off your garden bounty

It is time to think about this year’s El Dorado County Fair, set for Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15. The fairgrounds are located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, north of Highway 50. Ample parking is available. The Master Gardeners are managing the flowers and plants department and have lots of exciting things […]