Extended day programs praised

A national survey conducted by the Afterschool Alliance has distinguished California as the leading state in after school programs with strong student participation and high program satisfaction among parents. “These programs are helping our children learn and stay safe after school, while helping working parents keep their jobs,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom […]

Sac State dancers are happy

This season’s Dance Sites 2014/Faculty Dance Concert at California State University, Sacramento features six faculty choreographers and two special guest artists creating works for student dancers. Many of the choreographers are using the university’s One World Initiative topic of “Happiness” as their theme in works that feature music ranging from gospel to Mexican folklorico ballet, […]

Student elves make magic

The commotion and happy chatter amidst the buzzing of drills inside the wood shop at El Dorado High School couldn’t be any louder at the North Pole, even at this time of year. The 125 students in Lance Gunnersen’s classes have been as busy as any respectable elf cranking out wooden train sets that will […]

As we were: County checking gas tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 8, 1989 Leaking gas tank problem growing By John Sammon The threat of leaking gasoline storage tanks is a problem that appears to be growing apace with the population growth of the county. John Morgan, senior environmental health specialist and underground tank manager, said that citizens or businesses who elect to […]

Story book characters serve tea

What: Tea in Toyland Who: Friends of Old Hangtown Where: Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per child and $8 per adult Information: 530-621-5885   Mr. Cinnamon Bear and the Friends of Old Hangtown present Tea in Toyland on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Town Hall, 549 Main St. […]

Foothill gourmet: cookie column

Cookie recipes suitable for the holiday season are featured in today’s column. My favorite oatmeal cookie recipe is oatmeal craisin gems and I plan to use it often during the holidays. It is a variation of chocolate chip cookies. I treasure the other cookie recipes, because significant people in my life have given me their […]

Things to do: Dec. 5, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1205 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Dec. 2 through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery-wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” This theme has inspired the gallery members to create a holiday tradition with painting, jewelry, clay, photography, textile art and more as shown […]

Carson Valley gets Christmas spirit

Candy Cane Lane, the Carson Valley Inn’s custom outdoor drive-thru Christmas light display is lit-up for nightly viewing. This popular Christmas season attraction is just one of the many sights that can be taken in as part of a three-night Christmas Kick-off weekend on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. The inn’s extensive inside Christmas decorations are enhanced […]

Belly dancing produces a double benefit

“Hips are for Helping,” according to performer Vahana and not only does her Middle Eastern dancing raise money for local folks in need, but the audience likely goes away feeling like they’ve been given a boost as well. Vahana, who lives in El Dorado, loves to belly dance, an art she learned in Hollywood almost […]

Diverse art shows at PAA fall show

“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” — Vincent Van Gogh Ah, therein lies the passion of the many artists in the Placerville Arts Association, they live — to paint, sculpt, carve, photograph, work with multi-media — to create fine art. Come see and enjoy PAA’s Fall Member Art Show on Monday, […]

It’s a wonderful play

Green Valley Community Church member Nathan Truka didn’t mean for it to happen, but by golly, he sounds just like Jimmy Stewart. The one-of-a-kind Stewart intonations and folksy way of speaking have become two-of-a-kind, as Truka takes on the part played by Stewart in the award-winning film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Truka and a cast […]

Silver Screen presents silent film

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Dec. 6 with a windswept drama from 1928, “The Wind.” In this film, innocent Letty battles the relentless wind in this tale of passion, jealousy and death. Trapped on the barren prairie, she kills one man and marries another she doesn’t love, as the wind batters her […]

Amador City presents vintage Christmas celebration

California’s smallest incorporated town, historic Amador City, rings in Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon-6 p.m. Come celebrate a vintage Christmas with the town. The town decorates for the season with fresh hand-made pine garlands and Christmas lights hung from century-old buildings. Christmas music performed by the local high school band from 3-6 p.m. […]

Rita Hosking Trio and Evie Ladin’s band in concert

Gold Trail Grange is proud to present a special double bill concert with The Rita Hosking Trio and Evie Ladin’s band, Evil Diane (Evie Ladin with Keith Terry & Erik Pearson) on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Northern California’s Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the dishes, […]

Chorus offers sounds for the season

Get ready to take a fabulous, imaginary trip around the world without leaving the comfort of the theater chair. The Sacramento Valley Chorus and its master director Lynne Erickson will take the audience on a journey from Reno to Las Vegas, completing the travels in a Winter Wonderland of traditional and contemporary holiday songs that […]

Festive show at Sutter Creek

Join Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. This dynamic acoustic performance at the Sutter Creek Theater will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. Audience […]

Find seasonal treasurers at gallery

Come celebrate the official start of the “Christmas Season” with the artists at Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 6. The gallery will have extended hours on this day and from 4-6 p.m. will offer a special evening of shopping with Christmas carols played by local musician Mary Beth Dowd, hot drinks, […]

Celebrate holidays at Fairytale Town

Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with holiday lights, festive décor, snow, Santa, reindeer and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event. The fun-filled family celebration is set for eight days: Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-14 and 18-21. Fairytale Town will be open special hours for the event from 1-7 p.m. The storybook park […]

Capitol Pops presents holiday concert

The Capitol Pops Concert Band nears the end of its 17th season with a free, open to the public “Holiday Concert in the Park” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB will once again play traditional holiday […]

See Vatican’s treasurers in 3D

Fathom Events and SpectiCast, two of the leading alternative cinema event providers, have come together to distribute SKY Productions’ “Vatican Museums 3D.” The film marks the first time Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras have been allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where some of the world’s rarest and most precious works reside. A […]

Holiday magic dances across the stage

Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale of family and the magic of Christmas will bring people together at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, Dec. 9-12, to enjoy the merriment of the holidays in “Robert Friedman presents Moscow Classical Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker.’” “These Moscow Classical Ballet dancers are beautiful young strong dancers with a great deal of […]

Life as I know it: Interesting days

With other members of our church in Canoga Park, Peggy and I began to discuss various ways that we might begin to help people in our particular area. Peggy and other women began meeting, and becoming friends with, some of the Latino ladies living around the Catholic Church. The ladies would share information about common […]

CalRTA donates gift baskets to YANA

For its annual community project, the California Retired Teachers (CalRTA) made 35 gift baskets filled with household and personal items to donate to the clients of YANA (You Are Not Alone). YANA is a program sponsored by the Department of Human Services and the Area Agency on Aging. Volunteers make daily or weekly telephone calls to seniors […]

Master Food Preservers: Gifts for the food preserver

Do you have a food preserver in your life? You know you do if you are receiving tasty homemade treats in a jar from someone special. There are lots of great gifts to give them in return. Maybe I can help you with some ideas. If your budget allows, go big — a new pressure […]

Grow For It!: Creating a remembrance garden

We are in the midst of a most joyful season. Holiday cards have evolved into yearly snapshots of a vast photo diary that allow me to stay connected with my friends and family from a distance and I relish each and every envelope when it arrives. It is also the time of year when I […]

Lakehills Church actors work on solving a mystery

Go undercover during the thrilling Christmas mission of “We Three Spies,” a special production at Lakehills Church. Special Agents E, L, F and Q work together to uncover the secret works of the CIK (Christmas Intelligence Kids), a group that makes Christmas wishes come true for the needy. But this year their efforts will face unforeseen challenges […]

Caldron of intrigue boils on stage

What: “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller Who: Charter University Prep’s Drama Department Where: The gym on the Charles Brown Campus, 6520 Oak Del Road, El Dorado When: Dec 4 through 6, Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday matinée at 1 p.m. Cost: Adults $5, children $3 Information: 530-622-8594, ext. 2500 The Charter University Prep […]

Art sings to the season

What: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” Who: Gold Country Artists Gallery Where: 379 Main St. in Placerville When: Until Christmas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights Information: 530-642-2944 or visit the Website at goldcountryartistsgallery.com Gold Country Artists Gallery is featuring a gallery-wide special exhibit for the holiday season inspired by the Christmas carol, “The […]

At a glance: Happy holidays

The Festival of Lights on Main Street in Placerville was great and there sure were a lot of people in town to enjoy the lights, singing, Santa and everything. This event is a nice way to start the Christmas season and it definitely put everyone in a happy mood.   More good stuff Another good […]

Life as I know it: Queuing up

As we settled into our new home on Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, Peggy and I began to discuss some of the improvements that we might make in future years. Our first project, a small one, was to plant a row of rose bushes along the driveway. We were able to enjoy these flowers for […]

Life as I know it: New and moving experiences

In my last column, I told of our move from Florida to La Puente in Southern California. As we settled in, Peggy to the care of the family and I to a new job, we felt somewhat overwhelmed by the difference between a small village and massive Los Angeles. At work, I was being introduced […]

The film ‘Wrenched’ screens at the Cozmic Café

“Wrenched,” a documentary about environmental activist Edward Abbey, will be shown at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Abbeyʼs tactic of throwing a “monkey wrench” into actions he believed were a threat to the environment began in the 1950s with his cutting down of roadside billboards in his beloved […]

It’s a gouda day for cheese expert

“Let me tell you about this cheese I just had.” Whether customers asked him where to find bulk granola or the paper towels, Reed Pattison couldn’t stop telling people about cheese. Easy to see why three years ago Pattison became a Nugget Markets cheese specialist and he’s turned the El Dorado Hills cheese counter into his […]

Homes for the Holidays dazzles

What: Homes for the Holidays tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Homes and a business in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger Information: sierrafoothills.assistanceleague.org Get into the Christmas spirit with the fifth annual Assistance League of Sierra […]

My Time support group to meet

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. The next group meeting is […]

Sacramento State students showcase research

The inaugural Provost’s Student Research Showcase gave California State University, Sacramento undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their research, and scholarly and creative activities to the campus community in poster format. The event was in October in the Redwood Room of the University Union. Provost Frederika “Fraka” Harmsen took part in the showcase […]

See ‘Christmas Memories’ at Governor’s Mansion

On two special Saturdays, Dec. 6 and 13, the community is invited to tour the majestic Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park (SHP) to delight in elaborate holiday decorations, festive live holiday music, children’s activities, captivating storytellers and docents in period attire sharing holiday-related stories of past governors and their families. To add to the festive […]

Discover ‘Happy History Hour’

Let history make you happy. The Sacramento Children’s Museum is offering a special adults-only “History Happy Hour.” It will be on a Wednesday evening. Interested museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, coffee, bottled water and light snacks in a pub-like setting while participating in a history-related trivia game that will include fun prizes for the […]

Enter LegiSchool Project essay contest

The Center for California Studies’ LegiSchool Project is seeking entries for its annual essay contest. This year’s topic is “Climate Change.” Extreme weather events and warming temperatures have sparked global concerns about climate change. Some are calling on the government to do more to defend our environment. Others believe excessive government interference will have negative […]

As we were: Departments merge

25 Years ago Dec. 1, 1989 Board OKs Clerk-Recorder merger The ordinance introduced Nov. 21, calling for eventual consolidation of the County Clerk and County Recorder offices was formerly adopted Tuesday by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. All four supervisors attending the regular morning session voted “Yes” on the issue. Chairman Bob Dorr […]

Things to do: Nov. 28, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Dec. 1 is showing the unique, colorful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson. Her lovely folk art style shows a wonderful sense of originality and design. Also featured are the award-winning pastel landscapes of Judy Perry and the exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. […]

Sierra Rep offers pre show fun

Before select performances of “Sanders Family Christmas,”  the Sierra Repertory Theater will offer festive pre-show activities outside the Fallon Theater in Columbia State Park. Sonora High School students will sing carols on Friday, Dec. 5, members of the Church of the 49ers will sing on Dec. 12 and 13, and the vocal group Sincerely will sing on Dec. […]

Sonora Christmas Festival is a wonderful wonderland

Forty years ago, stained glass artist Richard Burleigh started the Sonora Christmas Festival. The festival with its folk, bluegrass, blues and vaudeville street performers and quality fine arts and hand-made goods opens at Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora, on Friday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Trevor R. Valchar

Air Force Airman Trevor R. Valchar 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 […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Cory M. Brundage

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cory M. Brundage 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 […]