Engagement: Emma Olson and Nicholas Lea

Emma Olson and Nicholas Lea, both of Shingle Springs are planning a September wedding at Sierra Banquet Center in Camino. The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Peggy Olson of Placerville. She is a preschool teacher. The groom-to-be is the son of Scott and Linda Lea of Cameron Park. He does window and gutter cleaning. […]

Day of fun at Americana Music Festival

The second annual Highway 49 Americana Music Festival is Saturday, Sept. 6 and will feature a musical performance by world-renowned artist Chuck Mead of BR5-49 and his Grassy Knoll Boys. Other performers include the Palominos, the Slade Rivers Band, and the Brute Squad. There will be face painting for the kids, raffle prizes and more. […]

Mystery, mayhem and suspense at library

Autumn is approaching — time to curl up by the fire with a new mystery or suspense. If you love “whodunit” mysteries and suspense, you won’t want to miss learning “howdunit,” as four published local authors will speak, sharing their secrets for writing popular genres. One of the presenters is Sherry Joyce author of “The […]

Cynthia Renee returns to Sienna

Singer and songwriter Cynthia Renee will return to Sienna Restaurant for three additional dates as the summer series has been extended at the popular upscale El Dorado Hills restaurant. Renee’s acoustic duo will make its first return to the Sienna Outdoor venue on Friday night, Sept. 5 from 7-10 p.m. Following the Sept. 5 appearance, the […]

Water, water — depicted in art

“Celebrating Water” is the theme of a group show featuring flamework glass artist Branda Corey, stained glass mosaic artist Linda Soos and photographer Lisa Aikenhead at Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, during the month of September. These women artists, although they use three very different artistic methods, are united in their […]

Evil and good face off

What: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: September 5-28 Cost: $12 Information: imaginationtheater.net or 530-642-0404 El Dorado County’s Imagination Theater begins a 14-show run of Jessie Braham White’s classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Sept. 5-28. Directed by Peter Wolfe, the non-musical version […]

FLC presents ‘Spotlight Night’

Folsom Lake College’s “Spotlight Night,” a workforce training and career exploration fair, is on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Folsom campus, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Spotlight Night will feature information on Folsom Lake College’s career and technical education degree and certificate programs, industry partners showcasing employment opportunities and interactive demonstrations. Admission […]

Seniors get a room at CSD

Seniors finally have a gathering place at the Cameron Park Community Center. On Aug. 19 the Cameron Park Community Services District hosted a grand opening celebration. Fueled by the efforts of the Cameron Park Fifty Plus group, the newly created senior room is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Seniors […]

Grow For It! Drought tolerant California native plants

The definition of a drought tolerant plant is one that has adapted to dry conditions by changes in its stomata, water storage or root systems. These adaptations have produced plants that can survive and thrive in the present conditions. A California native plant is one that grew here before European explorers arrived, has evolved over […]

Regional choruses seeking singers

The fall choral season is about to start and at least 57 choruses throughout the Sacramento region are seeking new members. Most hold auditions in September, though many will accept singers without an audition. Some choruses only perform music in a particular style, such as classical, sacred, jazz or barbershop. However, most of the choruses […]

At a glance: Witty news

On Sept. 3, 1833 the first successful penny paper New York Sun started publication. The Sun was founded by Benjamin H. Day, a New York City printer, and was known for reports about police and court activities and its witty treatment of news. It published until 1950.   Music news Notice of the free Thursday concerts at […]

Master Food Preservers: Pucker up for homemade vinegar

Homemade fruit and herb vinegars give food an extra burst of flavor and condiments and chutneys dazzle and accent main dishes. Join the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers on Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 13, for a free class featuring vinegars, condiments and chutneys. Use these general guidelines to make herb […]

IT announces auditions

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming audition for the Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot,” the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, a flying cow, a […]

Capital Stage Company anniversary season opens

Capital Stage Company celebrates its landmark 10th anniversary season: “Moving Between Worlds: Exploring the Ever-changing Human Landscape,” with a season of plays that capture the company’s bold, thought-provoking aesthetic. The season features a mix of styles and genres, all meant to encourage dialogue between performers and audience and keep patrons thinking and discussing long after they […]

Ask a care manager: Housing choices for older adults

Irene has been alone for a number of years after her husband passed away unexpectedly in his early 70s. Although the first few years were a struggle for her getting used to being by herself, she managed and became more independent in the process. She is now in her mid-80s, her health is declining and […]

September is California Wine Month

California’s annual grape harvest is a time when a foodie’s fancy naturally turns to thoughts of wine. To launch the harvest season in September, wine regions and wineries across the Golden State are celebrating the 10th annual California Wine Month —organized by California’s Wine Institute. From innovative wine immersion experiences to cool wine events, September […]

Film series starts with ‘Inequality for All’

The second year of the popular film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 10 with “Inequality for All” screening at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The terms “income gap” and “inequality” are showing up more and more often in conversations and in the […]

Lessons learned while roofing in paradise

It’s always good to help someone out, but it’s even better if you can do it and enjoy the  process. Elizabeth Eichstaedt had the opportunity to do both this summer. The 16-year-old Ponderosa senior spent two weeks in Fiji, building a kindergarten classroom with Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY). “I miss it like crazy,” said Eichstaedt, […]

As we were: Drought issues

25 Years ago Sept. 15, 1989 Beetle-plagued trees need city’s attention City property owners will have to control or destroy beetle-infested trees on their land. Drought conditions over the past few years have increased the number of beetle-damages trees in the Placerville area. In dry years, the insects burrow deeper than usual into the center […]

V and T rail road aug 30

Ride the Toast of the Canyon Wine Train on the V&T Railroad on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 5-6 p.m. and enjoy the Carson River Canyon in a new way. The themed train offers panoramic views of the Carson River Canyon and Nevada’s classic high desert landscape. The 45-minute trip makes for a relaxing ride for train […]

Award-winning rosarian gives tips

In preparation for the upcoming Festival of Roses, the Mother Lode Rose Society has invited Duane Carlson, award-winning rosarian of the Sierra Foothills Rose Society to give tips on grooming roses for a show. He will present his demonstration at the monthly meeting of the Mother Lode Rose Society meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at […]

Things get spicy in EDH

Like salsa? The public will get its fill Saturday, Aug. 30, when El Dorado Hills Natural Farms hosts its first salsa festival to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. All are invited to taste and vote on the best salsa from area restaurants, including Relish, Cascada, Chili’s, Casa Ramos, Jimboy’s Tacos, Mexquite, Adanberto’s, Freshmex […]

Things to do: Aug. 29, 2014

ON GOING Put banners 2014 c from weekend here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 19. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end […]

Sample everything that is good

What: Sample the Sierra – Farm to Fork Festival Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and Tahoe chambers of commerce Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, August 31 from noon-5 p.m. Information: SampletheSierra.com   Wine and food lovers from as far away as the Bay Area and as close as Placerville don’t have to […]

Harris Center presents great performances

The Harris Center for the Arts has lined up a calendar full of new and returning performers for the 2014-15 season. Located at Folsom Lake College, the three stages in the center will present more than 400 performances and others will be added throughout the season as they become available. Harris Center features local, national […]

Life as I know it: High school days

In my first article in this column I indicated that I was a seaman in the Coast Guard and I do have a few more stories about those days. However, I think that for me, as it has been for so many, the years spent in high school are the true beginning of “Life As […]

Washabaugh 50th anniversary

 Henry A. (Bill) Washabaugh and Ruthie M. Washabaugh celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and firends. They were married Aug. 22 in Carson City, Nev. The couple have two children — Rick Washabaugh and Stacey Washabaugh — four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill retired from Michigan Cal Lumber in Camino and Ruth retired from Bank of America in […]

Grow For It!: Time to divide iris

It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground stems of bearded iris are called rhizomes which look like […]

60th anniversary for Don and Joan Gubbins

Joan and Don Gubbins Sr. eloped in Reno, Nev. on July 3, 1954. They raised four children, welcomed six grandchildren and now have four great-grandchildren. As their 60th wedding anniversary their children decided to give them the wedding they never had and always wanted. In a beautiful ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church in […]

70th anniversary for Ed and Gladys Weaver

Ed Weaver and Gladys Weaver will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at a family celebration with their four children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Ed and Gladys were married Aug. 31, 1944 in Dowagiac, Mich. They were teenagers when they fell in love at Twin Lakes, Mich., café. Their children are Ed Weaver of Los […]

Grilled cheese extraordinaire: Hop House brews up great menu, atmosphere

New restaurants in El Dorado Hills have really raised the bar for local foodies and those looking to have a great time just minutes from home. Hop House in El Dorado Hills Town Center is no exception. Owners Jason Enyeart and Craig Badolian have created a winning combination — quality craft beers, a comfortable atmosphere and […]

Teen Court in Placerville invites new participants

The El Dorado County Teen Court program in Placerville is now recruiting new student participants for the fall program. El Dorado County students in eighth through 12th grade are invited to attend the Teen Court volunteer training from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in El Dorado County Superior Court, 495 Main St. […]

UCCE programs are there to help and inform

Have you noticed a really strange worm shredding the leaves in your vineyard? Is the fungus on the stalks of your corn crop something that needs attention? Should you begin spraying pesticides or herbicides — and what’s the difference? In El Dorado and other counties statewide the University of California Cooperative Extension has become a […]

UCCE celebrates 100 years of service

As you drive past Boeger Winery on a hot summer day with the sun beating down and you notice the sprinklers are going — don’t get mad, get informed. There’s sound scientific basis for running the irrigation system at that particular time, despite the fact that it may seem frivolous and wasteful. “If you see […]

Apassionato—A toast to the arts

The El Dorado Arts Council will host its annual fundraising event  Apassionato — A Toast to the Arts 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Manzanita Kitchen in Diamond Springs. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds will go toward funding community art programs as well as funding arts in education. Ticket price includes a wine and […]

Grow for it: Time to divide Irises

By Sue McDavid UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground […]

El Dorado Community Foundation announces grant opportunities

The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better facilitate that process for the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund specifically designed for that purpose and the El Dorado Hills Cabinet whose job it is to be the eyes and […]

Things to do: Aug. 28, 2014

Foodies and wine lovers alike will gather in South Lake Tahoe this Labor Day weekend as Sample the Sierra celebrates its fifth anniversary on noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in Bijou Community Park. For the past four years, this Farm-to-Fork event has supported regional talent by showcasing only locally grown and cultivated food paired with wine, beer […]

Masterworks of African figurative sculpture exhibit in January

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce gifts of African art from the extraordinary collection assembled over the past 30 years by Richard H. Scheller, a biochemist and the executive vice president of research and early development at Genentech. Selected works were gifted to the museums in 2013 and 2014, and the museums will […]

Sierra Rep 2015 season to include ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Macbeth’ and more

Sierra Repertory Theater announces its 2015 season, beginning with the musical “Mary Poppins” and concluding with a brand new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Other highlights include new Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” starring SRT artistic director Scott Viets as the Man in the Chair, an exciting spring rock ‘n’ roll revue to be announced, everyone’s favorite […]

Stroll Through History in Woodland

Woodland will celebrate its 26th annual “Stroll Through History” on Saturday, Sept. 6. This popular community event features free docent-led walking and ticketed tours throughout Woodland’s historical neighborhoods and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club. This year’s event will feature homes in Beamer Park in celebration of its 100-year anniversary. The program starts […]

Rescue USD announces staff changes

Rescue Union School District greets three new administrators and promotes two to begin another successful school year. The district is compromised of eight schools, including a virtual academy — four of which were honored as 2014 California Distinguished Schools. “Our district partners with families and the community and is dedicated to the success of every […]

L.A. Comedy ensemble to perform here

­ Wet The Hippo, nominated for Best Comedy in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, will perform for one night only in Placerville on Aug. 30. “This show should simply not be missed …transcendent …absolutely hilarious …beautiful …the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. […]

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Historical car races: As with humans, race cars improve with age

It was another gorgeous weekend at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway for the 40th annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Even though afternoon temperatures only reached 75 degrees, a hat or sunblock was essential. And the racing is just as intense. Drivers in vintage Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maseratis, Cobras, Corvettes, open wheels, Can-Am, Trans-Am and even an […]