Take a break for 5k and 10K walk/run

The first Christmas Carol Classic 5K and 10K Walk/Run, and Tiny Tim Fun Run is Saturday, Dec. 20. This is a holiday-themed event with the start and finish line and festival area at Lembi Park in Folsom. The 5K and 10K routes follow the paved Folsom Trails. Come and enjoy Christmas carolers, hot apple cider, […]

Book relates story set in El Dorado County

Jennifer Longo is a Gold Trail School Elementary School and El Dorado High School alumnus who published a clever and heart-warming tale set in El Dorado County. Called “Six Feet Over It,” it is a clever and heart-warming tale. The main character Leigh is a girl who works and lives at a cemetery in Hangtown managed […]

CASA receives important gift from Wells Fargo

Every day is a normal day for most of us, but it’s never a “normal” day for abused and neglected kids. They didn’t ask to be born into the mess they find themselves in and they desperately need help. These children need a CASA who will advocate for them in court and consistently guide them […]

El Dorado County libraries offer many programs

Whether you are reading a book to your infant, researching periodicals for your school paper or scanning the Web to determine a career move, the El Dorado County libraries provide a multitude of traditional and 21st century programs and tools to the public. There are six library branches in El Dorado County, which were visited […]

Golden Sierra grad hopes to release film

Former Golden Sierra High School student and local resident Ben Toth, who shot his first film at the age of 10, is coming out with his latest production, “SooSoo Conquer Paradise,” a comedy thriller about a TV personality on the trail of her sister’s killer. “It’s a quirky name for a quirky character,” said Toth, […]

Placerville Friends of Tibet present film

Placerville Friends of Tibet presents “When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West” on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The film showing is a benefit for the Jan. 2-15, 2015 residence in Placerville by six Tibetan monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery in […]

Local photographers create postcards

Since people are always asking for El Dorado Hills postcards, California Welcome Center travel concierge Sylvia Lewis had a brainstorm: Challenge the community to submit their best pictures of El Dorado Hills for a postcard contest. In early December the winners were recognized at a reception, where the town’s first postcards were prominently displayed. The […]

New game plays in Old West

It’s one of those things where you say, “Why hasn’t anyone come up with this before?” Once you see Hangtown the board game, it’s obvious that this is going to be great. Great to give as a gift, great to receive as a present, great to just get one for yourself. Trouble is, the game […]

Grow For It! Citrus Basics

Citrus plants are evergreen trees and shrubs that offer attractive form and glossy deep green foliage year round; they flower with a wonderful fragrance and produce delicious fruit. Citrus require full sun and require protection from frost. They are not cold hardy and need special care during the winter months. Some varieties are much more […]

At a glance: Hello winter

If it feels like winter, it must mean that winter is coming. Winter officially starts with the solstice on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:03 p.m. After that, the daylight hours will start to gain a few minutes a day as the sun makes its journey toward the northern hemisphere. Hopefully the clouds will take a […]

Life as I know it: A career change and Canyon de Chelly

As we began to think about vacation times and travel, we made a modest investment in a camping trailer. Of course, some of us would have to use sleeping bags on the trailer floor but we could all fit inside when the weather was not cooperating. We enjoyed the national parks in California but also […]

Life as I know it: Pool parties and an earthquake

 As I have said several times in these columns,” first things first.” On Oct. 29, 1960, Peggy again said that we should go to the maternity ward at the hospital in Encino. There our last, but not least, lovely little Karen was born. When it was announced in church, the next Sunday, that our fifth […]

Holiday treats

Cutout gingerbread cookies Ingredients 1 egg 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 package Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together egg, butter and cookie mix until dough forms, hand kneading if necessary. Dough may be sticky. For easier handling, cover and refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes. Transfer dough to […]

My Time group meeting in January

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

NatureBowl coaches sign up now

Each spring, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife puts on a “competition” called NatureBowl, inviting schools and clubs to put together teams of third through sixth graders to take on challenges that test and develop their environmental literacy. While one stage of NatureBowl takes the format of a traditional quiz bowl, other activities engage students […]

As we were: Water projects

25 Years ago December 15, 1989 EID board still eyeing Small Alder The El Dorado Irrigation District board of directors decided to pay Ebasco Services $7,500 Monday to update a cost study for a 31,000 acre-foot reservoir and dam on Alder Creek near Kyburz. The scope of work for the update will include review of costs […]

Foothill dining: Holiday dishes

Sweet potato pie Ingredients 1 can (28 ounces) Bruce’s Yams, drained 1 9 inch pie shell, unbaked 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 4 tablespoons butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat oven to 350 […]

New mill ready to inspire new memories

The new replica of the sawmill where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848 is ready for its close-up. So get up close and check it out, maybe even pretend you are the one who stuck a hand in the water of the tailrace at Capt. John Sutter’s lumber mill and pulled out a shiny pebble […]

Songs for Society aim to cheer

Oak Ridge High School junior Kyle Kauffman didn’t know many people when he transferred to the El Dorado Hills school last year. Then he noticed many of his new friends enjoyed playing music, but couldn’t find the time to collaborate or have informal jam sessions between marching band practice and sports. Combining a love for […]

Holiday lighting tips

The holidays are here and Mr. Electric wants homeowners to remember safety when dealing with holiday lighting. These general safety tips from Mr. Electric will ensure families have safe and happy holidays. General inspection of lights The first step in holiday lighting is to inspect all cords, strands and bulbs. Check for loose connections, frayed wires, […]

Foothill gourmet: Reindeer Dust

Wishing for something fun and different to do with your family this holiday? Why not mix it up? Mix up some Reindeer Dust, that is! Making and sprinkling Reindeer Dust is a magical new tradition sweeping the nation and Kate Dwyer shares the special recipe below from her beautiful, interactive new book “Reindeer Dust.” It’s […]

Horses and riders connect

It became clear from the start that the beautiful dark bay Arabian horse had a real connection with 11-year-old Timothy Moss when the mare was added to the family five years ago. Little did they imagine, however, that by the summer of 2014 the youngster would be standing by his beloved Sami holding a ribbon […]

Apple Hill Growers announces partnership

Whole Food Market Folsom and the Apple Hill Growers announce a partnership to make a difference in the local community. On Community Outreach Day, Wednesday, Dec. 17, Whole Foods Market Folsom will donate five percent of the day’s net profits to the Apple Hill Growers Association. With this generous donation from Whole Foods, the Apple Hill […]

The Robert Cray Band in Napa

Uptown Theater Napa presents the Robert Cray Band on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. With five Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide and thousands of sold out performances; rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. Cray has recorded 16 Billboard charting studio albums […]

Sutter Creek presents a warm evening

The Black Irish Band is playing at Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. This will be a special winter evening with Sonora’s Black Irish Band performing songs to fill the cold winter night with warmth. The concert will feature original and traditional songs, Celtic and Italian music, […]

Things to do: Dec. 12, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1212 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” The gallery is also featuring a special display upstairs of small elegant, original works. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional artists is […]

Mrs. Claus rides the Western Railway

The Western Railway Museum presents some special events during December. Meet Mrs. Claus in person at the Western Railway Museum on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There will be free hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies and story readings for kids. Trains depart at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. for a ride through rural […]

Cantare presents holiday show

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills performs its first Christmas concerts under the direction of Mariia Pechenova on Saturday, Dec. 13 with a repeat performance on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. The new director has inspired the group to perform at an even higher level of musical quality. Pechenova has a background that is impressive and […]

‘White Christmas’ plays in theaters

Fathom Events and Paramount Home Media celebrate the 60th anniversary of the timeless Irving Berlin musical as the beloved holiday classic returns to cinemas for a special two-day celebration event. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” will be presented in select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 […]

Community invited to Governor’s Mansion

The California State Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation, in partnership with California State Parks, encourages the community to visit the historic Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park (SHP) in December before it temporarily closes to the public on Jan. 1, 2015, for extensive renovations and rehabilitation efforts. Throughout the month of December, the Governor’s Mansion SHP is […]

Advent gift to the community

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St. in Placerville, presents to the community an evening of songs, poetry and stories for the Advent and Christmas seasons. It all begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 with a delicious ham dinner in the parish hall. Following dinner, the audience will hear from angels on […]

Lowest Pair in Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the Lowest Pair on Friday, Dec. at 8 p.m. The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time roots-influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original music, often nestling in somewhere between. […]

Enjoy a simple Christmas

To help get fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In John Sutter’s day, people from around the world passed through the gates of Sutter’s Fort, each […]

Sierra Gold Chorus to share a Christmas secret

Local women from Pilot Hill, Camino, South Lake Tahoe, Shingle Springs, Placerville and Pollock Pines (Peg Campbell, Julie Schuller, Mary Jane Ruggieri, Karen Hughes, Donna Buckalew and Mavis Proud) are just a few of the 59 members of Sierra Gold Chorus who are having fun singing in “The Secrets of Christmas.” Did you ever have […]

Pickups to rock in SS

The Pickups, a local favorite band, will headline this month’s concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road, on Saturday, Dec. 13. This popular band always is a hit whenever it performs. The band’s stylish approach to the song list has forged a loyal following of fans. Many of the Pickups’ shows are […]

PAA announces art winners

The Placerville Arts Association’s Fall Member Art Show is on display at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, through Friday, Dec. 12  from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The show is a collection works in watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, photography, digital art and mixed media in categories of seascape, landscape, portrait, […]

Sue Hegarty rides life’s carousel

If you sometimes think of life as being a merry-go-round that you want to get off … then you’re definitely not Sue Hegarty of Placerville. Hegarty, 78, has embraced the merry-go-round of her existence, going so far as to collect carousel horses that date back to the 1880s. And wonderful creations they are, hand-carved of […]

Engagement: Teri Chilcoat and Tyler Tarantino

Teri Chilcoat of Placerville and Tyler Tarantino of McKinleyville announced their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bob and Rose Chilcoat of Placerville. She is a SSGT in the United States Air Force. The groom-elect is the son of Dominick and Deborah Tarantino. He is a SSGAT in the United States Air Force. The wedding will take place at Redwoods River Resort in […]

Engagement: Megan Carrie Mitchelson and Brandon James Smith

Megan Carrie Mitchelson of Placerville and Brandon James Smith of Redding announced their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ross Mitchelson and Kelly Kohlstedt and is a kindergarten teacher. The groom-elect is the son of David and Letitia Smith and is a police officer. The wedding will take place in Maui, Hawaii in August 2015.  

Old Town Auburn to celebrate Christmas

If the holiday season puts you in the mood to regain some of the spirit of Christmas past, with caroling, a fireplace and hot cocoa, then Old Town Auburn with its 28th annual Country Christmas celebration is the place to be. On two Saturday nights, Dec. 13 and 20, the streets of Historic Old Town […]

Sacramento cemetery recognized

The City of Sacramento and Center for Sacramento History have recently been informed that the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic […]

See non-stop action in Tahoe

Madcap on-screen adventure films and non-stop, on-stage party action arrive at MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa with the 13th annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, Saturday, Dec. 13. Designed to capture the intensity and passion of free-spirited outdoor adventure, the cult event provides mountaintop cliffhangers and enough high-energy entertainment between showings to ignite fervor for the […]

Sign up for Race for the Cure

Every day heroes take center stage in 2015 as the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen kicks off registration for its 19th annual Race for the Cure. Scheduled for May 9 at Cal Expo, the breast cancer run/walk will feature an inspiring theme and super team competition as well as the popular early bird […]

Book shares how to find inner strength

With an inspiring foreword by Fran Drescher, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” shares stories of resilience, positive thinking and overcoming challenges. “Pull yourself up, dust yourself off and play the hand that you’ve been dealt,” wrote actress Fran Drescher in the foreword to a powerful new collection of stories from “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” […]