At a glance: Time to come out of hibernation

Chipmunks are due to emerge out of hibernation now. With all the nice weather around here lately they are probably ready to come out and have some fun. The animals back east are probably deciding to stay tucked in for a little bit longer.   Spring fun With the El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival set […]

Cantare Chorale looking for new singing talent

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills invites interested singers to audition for an opportunity to develop and expand their singing talents. Join now to participate in the May performance. Mariia Pechenova joined Cantare Chorale as artistic director in 2014. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, she has lived in the U.S. since 2012. Pechenova’s background includes a master […]

Encore showing of ‘The Sacramento Picture!’ is scheduled

After an early sell-out of the March 25 premiere of “The Sacramento Picture!,” an encore showing of the film is scheduled for Thursday evening, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Sacramento History (CSH). The special showing will include a special introduction by host and co-producer Matías Bombal. Tickets to this encore presentation […]

Trees in Memory program to help reforest land

The Arbor Day organization is working with on-the-ground partners to plant 608,000 trees in California’s Tahoe National Forest through the Trees in Memory and Trees in Celebration commemorative tree planting programs. This in an effort to accelerate the development of mature forest habitat in areas that experienced moderate to very high burn severity during the 2013 […]

Volunteers get up early to make lunch

One-hundred volunteers are eagerly waiting for Thursday, April 23, so they can pop out of bed at 4 in the morning, drive to Diamond Springs and tuck into turkey, tortillas and vegetables — all to help abused and neglected children. These kind souls are hoping the public will place their orders by Friday, March 27, […]

Altan plays traditional Irish music

One of the most important groups playing traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the world stage for three decades comes to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, for one performance on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Altan’s commitment to good-natured fun is second only to its commitment to excellence […]

On the road again with ‘The Quilt Trail Project’

A beautiful hand-painted wooden art piece is now beckoning visitors to an enchanting and historic view at the Enchanted April Inn, 5950 Salmon Falls Road, Pilot Hill. The quilt block design “Gold & Silver” recalls the bygone days of the great California Gold Rush when Highway 49 was the route to the gold mines. Old […]

Libraries’ commitment to children celebrated

Legislators, El Dorado County supervisors and other community stakeholders gathered at the El Dorado County Library in El Dorado Hills on March 12 to celebrate the county library system’s dedication to early childhood education during a program that was geared toward the very audience that earned the libraries the award. State librarian Greg Lucas gave El Dorado County […]

As we were: Up, up and away

25 Years ago March 23, 1990 Supervisors call for commercial expansion of Placerville and Georgetown airports by JOHN SAMMON Airports should help pay their way. Members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted expansion of commercial enterprise opportunities at the Placerville and Georgetown airports during a joint meeting with county airport commissioners Tuesday […]

Foothill gourmet: Consider all dining preferences

Our friend Wilma and her partner Jackson recently came over for dinner. She’s vegan but he’s not. We solved the problem, by preparing a vegan meal and Dwight grilled small portions of meat to accompany the dinner for himself and Jackson. In the past, I have occasionally written articles for the column about fixing dinner […]

Spring seeds big doings

With the annual Spring California Native Plant Sale just around the corner on April 4, the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Sale is gearing up for a busy year of public talks, workshops, field trips, Rare Plant Treasure Hunts and field surveys in the King Fire burn areas in the Eldorado National […]

Things to do: March 29, 2015

ONGOING put gold 320 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 5, is featuring Randy Honerlah, contemporary abstract painter. Honerlah’s large acrylic paintings on canvas are colorful and dramatic with many layers of texture and design. Also featured is Lori Anderson, oil and acrylic painter with a painterly touch for […]

Angels rail lecture

Dave Connery will present a lecture “Angels Branch of the Sierra Railway” on Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the Angels Camp Museum’s Carriage House, 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. In early 1897, the Sierra Railway set out to build a railroad to Angels Camp and several other locations, not completing the […]

Indian Museum offers flute workshop

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum, 2618 K St. in Sacramento, are proud to offer Native American flute workshops for beginners on various Saturdays this year, including on March 21, May 2, July 18, Sept. 19 and Dec. 5. The “Flute 101 — Beginning” workshops are taught by Al Striplen, Ama Mutsun Ohlone, […]

Capital Stage presents staged reading

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its 10th anniversary season with a special one-night-only staged reading of the new musical “The Behavior of Broadus” by Los Angeles-based theater ensemble Burglars of Hamm. Nominated for seven L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production and Best Musical Score, “The Behavior of Broadus” tells the incredible […]

Snowshoe racers meet in finale

Strap on the snowshoes and head for the beach. Racers will go head to head in the finale of Camp Richardson’s Snowshoe Cocktail Races on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Sand or snow the race will go on, in front of the Beacon Bar and Grill and alongside Lake Tahoe’s scenic shoreline. Racers, cocktail […]

WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival has it all

“Music, Brews and Mountains” is the theme for the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival, establishing its first year at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe on Friday to Sunday, March 20-22. WinterWonderGrass is a boutique winter music and craft beer festival featuring more than 18 bands and 14 California breweries over three days on three stages. The […]

Sierra Pastel Society to host a pastel demonstration

Sierra Pastel Society will host a pastel demonstration by artist Annie Murphy-Robinson at its general meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The program is free and the public is invited to attend. Murphy-Robinson earned her MA at California State University, Sacramento, several […]

A ‘Menagerie’ fills Gallery at 48 Natoma

A curious collection of wild animals: dashing horses, stealthy wolves, leaping rabbits, peaceful birds, and more are all included in the diverse and unusual group of images portrayed in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. In the show, “Menagerie,” Mariam Pakbaz will exhibit her hauntingly beautiful mixed media drawing/paintings with […]

Railroad Museum to show award-winning photos

In a new exhibit that debuts on Friday, March 20, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s 2014 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. With a “Lasting Impressions” theme this year, nearly 400 modern-day railroading […]

Free health festival at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town will highlight active and healthy living for families at the third annual Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The one-day festival is free to the public thanks to the generous support of Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Families will enjoy fun physical games, free play, gardening activities […]

Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines in Amador City

Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines in Amador City on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m.and Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. His first show at Feist in January sold out and the at capacity tasting room was filled with soulful Americana music. Watson is on tour promoting his first solo album “Folk Singer, Volume […]

Capitol Pops Concert Band opens season

The Capitol Pops Concert Band will kick off its 18th season with a free, open to the public concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. in Sacramento. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB will perform traditional pops favorites, with a sprinkling of automotive-themed arrangements. Voice […]

Hands on History takes a feminine approach

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In honor of “Women’s History Month,” fort visitors will learn about three important […]

Ladies of Laughter keep the jokes coming

Simply put, Ladies of Laughter is the biggest platform for women in comedy. Three of the funniest women to join this acclaimed group are now headed to the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m as part of their Funny and Fabulous Tour. From 1989-92, New York City […]

Day of discovery in Placerville

As part of a marketing and awareness campaign that coincides with the major construction phases of this year’s Main Street Rehabilitation Project (during March, April, July and August), the city of Placerville and the Placerville Downtown Association are working together to encourage the public to visit Main Street during the construction period. With the work taking place at […]

Pilobolus projects magical movement

Pilobolus Dance Company, coming to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, has built its fervent and expanding international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal and magical of media. The company is performing on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. […]

Lacy J. Dalton helps to build tomorrow

What: Lacy J. Dalton — Denim and Diamonds Who: Placerville Rotary Club Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. Cost: $50 per person Information: 530-622-1731 or placervillerotary.org   Wild horses won’t keep Lacy J. Dalton fans from charging to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March […]

Designer to the stars comes home to breathe

When jewelry designer Geoff Thomas graduated from El Dorado High School in 1991 to attend Cuesta College, he planned to become a financier, not an artist. He’d grown up with two artist parents and, in typical teenage rebellion, decided to follow the linear path of business. Fate in the guise of a black and white photography […]

Life as I know it: Moving to Placerville

While living in Alamo, new events and significant changes began to enter into our family life. One of the first was my being able to contact and to reestablish my friendship with Norman. He had lived in several towns in California and after about 25 years we met again in Burney. We spent several days […]

At a glance: Spring fling

Ready or not, spring arrives on Friday, March 20 at 3:45 p.m. Even though it has been kind of springy already, the official start happens with the vernal equinox. This is when the sun is directly over the equator and day and night are almost equal. It is not quite equal due to the tilt […]

Knitting team gives back, one cap at a time

When Terry Wagner was asked to be part of the White Rock Village knitting team she jumped at the chance to knit caps for area newborns and cancer patients. “The reason I help is a selfish reason really,” the White Rock Village resident said. “It feels good to volunteer and help others.” That sentiment flows […]

Scholarship fund to honor fallen Marine

The Friends of the El Dorado County Veterans Monument established the Veterans Monument Scholarship Fund at the El Dorado Community Foundation with the intent of assisting high school graduating seniors who are children of local El Dorado County veterans in their pursuit of higher education. Since 2010 they have awarded $23,000 in scholarship monies to […]

Handling life with class

She may have wanted to be a princess or a cowgirl when she grew up, but chances are that as a child Jenny Fulton never said, “I want to be an unwed mother.” But life happens, with all its twists and turns, and today the 27-year-old El Dorado woman is coping with raising her young […]

Give Love via Vintage Grace

Vintage Grace kicked off a month-long Give Love campaign with a visit from a movie director during March 1 services. The movie “Drop Box” may take place far across the world in South Korea, but Vintage Grace pastor Drew Sodestrom wants to drive home the message that its theme is just as relevant in El […]

And the moral of the story is …

Start with the end and work backwards — El Dorado High School’s advanced drama class did just that when instructor Paul Tomei asked juniors and seniors to come up with a series of original instructive skits for two Children’s Theater performances at Buckeye Elementary School. Each group of five to seven students brainstormed some instructive morals […]

‘Spamalot’ production inspires recipe contest

Like Spam? The folks at Imagination Theater do and want to hear from other Spam fans. Send Imagination Theater a recipe using the well-known canned delicacy Spam and win two tickets to a show for the opening weekend of Spamalot. Entries must be submitted to [email protected] by Thursday, March 19. Winners will be notified March […]

Tenor Nathan Granner to captivate audience

What: Nathan Granner concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218   The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is thrilled to welcome back operatic tenor Nathan Granner in the fifth concert […]

Grow For It! Poison oak

Spring is approaching and that means poison oak will start growing. Poison oak is not a pest but rather part of the plant community. It thrives in all temperatures, types of soil, moisture and light. Its botanical name is Toxicodendron diversilobum. Poison oak that thrives in the sun is a dense, deciduous woody shrub that […]

As we were: Water, water, water

25 Years ago March 16, 1990 Supervisors study water development fee by URSUAL ROSE El Dorado County supervisors put off adopting a water fee ordinance for at least another 30 days, until the matter could be studied some more. Even though the board unanimously voted to continue the item to another date, Supervisor Bob Dorr […]

Foothill dining: Potato winner

Kate Suletzki, of “A Cup of Sugar, a Pinch of Salt,” is the newly crowned winner of Food52’s Best Potato Recipe 2.0 Contest, run in partnership with the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). This contest, one of the most successful in Food52’s history, generated more than 250 entries from the kitchen and home destination’s dedicated community of […]

Fine music fine repast

Kids are always told not to play with their dinner — but there’s no problem with them playing with yours. OK, it’s actually lunch … but the kids will be playing Saturday, March 28 as you enjoy a fabulous meal provided by a half-dozen premier local restaurants. Delight to the sounds of all five groups from […]

Two for tea and kitty makes three

What: English High Tea Who: Animal Outreach Where: Annabelle’s Chocolate Lounge and Wine Bar, 6240 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado When: Saturday, March 21, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person and $15 for children Information: 530-642-2287   Cats are so adorable that they can’t keep their paws off each other — and as a result […]

Things to do: March 13, 2015

CALL FOR ARTISTS Placerville Art on Parade is currently seeking artists to enter its designs for this year’s Banners on Parade community art project.  The decorated banners will hang on light poles on Placerville’s Main Street from June through early October. Following the exhibit, the banners will be auctioned off at the Oct. 17 Art and […]

Sac Choral Society to present concert

The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra, along with four outstanding soloists, will present Mozart’s “Great Mass in C Minor” and English composer Cecilia McDowall’s “Magnificat” at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 13th and L streets in Sacramento on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. Conductor Donald Kendrick will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. […]