Drums bring rhythm and energy

San Jose Taiko x The Bangerz is a collaboration born on the streets of downtown San Jose’s South First Area (SoFA) District in 2010 as part of the SubZero Festival. The combination of the DJ’s powerful digital electronica with the heart-pounding organic pulse of taiko drums explore the connections of rhythm, movement and energy at […]

Golden music celebrates green

What: Golden Bough concert Who: Music on the Divide Where: Georgetown IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown When: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m. Cost: Tickets $20 each Information: MusicOnTheDivide.org.   The old adage may reflect “beware the ides of March,” but on this Sunday, March 15 — the ides of the month — Georgetown concert attendees […]

Innovative Irish dance at Harris Center

The Trinity Irish Dance Company quickly dispels whatever notions audiences may have about Irish dance. The company brings its innovative and award-winning dance style to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, for two performances in one evening on Friday, March 13 at 3 and 7:30. Founded in 1981 by artistic director Mark Howard, […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Tara R. Abrahams

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Tara R. Abrahams 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 […]

Careers and job fair open

The El Dorado Union High School District is hosting a county-wide Career Expo and Job Fair on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado. The Career Expo will feature 80 different career fields with interactive displays. There will also be an engineering panel, a health careers […]

Educational evening at farm dinner

Saturday, March 28, will mark the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s 98th annual dinner event — two more years and the 100th annual milestone will be celebrated. “We have an important and treasured working landscape and agriculture is at the center, providing a diverse array of products and services, from the food on our table […]

Food bank to thank community at grand opening

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is having a free grand opening and community appreciation night on Friday, March 20 at 4550 Business Drive in Shingle Springs. The food bank will partner with the El Dorado Winery Association to showcase the new facility and to say thank you to the community that made the […]

At a glance: Hoop it up

The first public game of basketball was played in Springfield, Mass. on March 11, 1892 at the Armory Hill YMCA. Dr. James Naismith was directed by Dr. Luther Gulick at Springfield College to come up with a game that was safe and could be played indoors during the winter. The game featured students at Springfield […]

Meet the speechinator at the spring banquet

What: 10th annual Spring Banquet Who: Ponderosa High School Foundation When: Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs Cost: $60 Information: [email protected] or call 530-621-1673   The phone rings at midnight and it’s Gov. Schwarzenegger, telling you he needs a breakfast speech by 7 a.m. — and […]

Mini-grants make a big difference

California Retired Teachers Association, Division 73, awarded six El Dorado County teachers mini-grants of $400 each to purchase items to enhance student learning. The yearly mini-grant program was launched by CRTA  to lend a helping hand to second and third-year teachers, as teachers often buy learning tools out of their own pockets. Pam Cooke and Jennifer […]

No turkeys at this tournament

What: Strikes for Scholarships Who: Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club Where: Knotty Pine Lanes, 2667 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines When: Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: $125 per team Information: 530-417-2027     Strike up the pins — it’s time for the annual bowling tournament that raises money for scholarships and raises the roof with […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. “White flowering dogwoods will add beauty to your home throughout the year,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day […]

Assemblyman visits Eskaton Village

It was an exciting day for Eskaton Village Placerville, a senior living community that offers independent and assisted living as well as memory care for cognitive impairment. Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, 5th Assembly District, who was first elected to the State Assembly in 2012, and is primarily committed to protecting rural California, paid a visit to […]

Learn how the cat got inside

How did the housecat come to be invited into homes? Sacramento State’s Opera Theatre company will relate that story in song and puppetry with “The Cat That Walked by Himself,” a children’s musical fantasy for the entire family. Written by John and Dorothy Duke and based on the popular tale by Rudyard Kipling “The Cat […]

State Fair announces agriculturalist of the year

The California Exposition and State Fair board of directors unanimously approved the nomination of Charles Ahlem as the 2015 Agriculturalist of the Year during its Feb. 27 meeting. The Agriculturalist of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed extensively to and demonstrated leadership within California’s agricultural industry. Ahlem is owner of […]

Museums offer Telepresence

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced the nation’s first Telepresence Museum Tour program through which visitors with disabilities can tour the collections at the de Young remotely using a self-guided robot controlled from home. The program was the subject of a segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” that aired on March 1. With active […]

Grow For It! Is that pesticide really necessary?

Are you the type of gardener that reaches for the handiest spray can sitting on a shelf in the garage when a garden pest is spotted? If so, stop. One of the most important roles we as UCCE Master Gardeners play is to impart to the home gardening public research-based information about pest management. This […]

Special class for budding young gardeners offered

The fun of growing plants and then showing them at the El Dorado County Fair, is the topic of a simple and engaging hands-on class being presented especially for school-age kids by the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County on Saturday, March 14 from 10-11 a.m. in the Floriculture Building at the El Dorado […]

Life as I know it: Environmental detective work

While still working as a consultant and part-time teacher, I read an interesting article about a study in Russia. Apparently there was some concern about animals and, of course, humans, spending prolonged time beneath power lines carrying high voltages. I was curious about this and wondered if an electric power company might be interested in […]

Camino Charter School to hold open house

The Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School, 3060 Snows Road in Camino, invites families and community members to its open house on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet teachers, parents and students of Camino Charter and learn about the school’s offerings and unique educational experience. “I […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Investing in Early Childhood

The majority of brain development takes place before a child is 5 years of age. How that brain is wired depends upon the early experiences of children and families. The research on brain development in the last decade has given the early childhood field a better idea of how the brain is wired and how […]

School board members recognized

Every year, the El Dorado County School Boards Association takes a moment to recognize the outstanding work done by members who sit on the district school boards throughout the county. On March 2 awards were presented in five different categories: Educational Statesmanship: John Parker, Mother Lode Union School District. Board members serve endless hours in […]

As we were: Law enforcement honored

25 Years ago March 9, 1990 Legion honors officers of the year By MARY NEAL American Legion Post 119 honored three officers Wednesday night during the 27-annual corned beef and cabbage feast held at the Veteran’s Memorial building in recognition of outstanding peace officers. The three officers of the year, one each from the El […]

Marshall Community Health offers aging seminar

Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park is pleased to offer another free program in its ongoing Health Aging Seminars. Mary Schwind, retired social worker, will be speaking about the value of girlfriends as we age, on Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m., at Marshall’s Upper Campus, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501, in Cameron Park. […]

Junior ‘Superheroes’ fly into the Harris Center

Strange things have been happening in Capital City. The news reports on Channel 1 Television say that there have been highly unusual sunspot activities. Electrical devices have been behaving wildly and suddenly reality TV shows appear to make sense. In the middle of all this, the Junior League of Superheroes (Invisigirl, Stupendous Boy, ElectroZap, Zip […]

Foothill gourmet: Where’s the meatballs?

Welcome to today’s column, it has flavorful ideas for meatballs. Meatballs are no longer ordinary. Read ahead to find stellar ideas for flavorful meatballs ranging from beef to seafood and in flavors from Italian to Jamaican. There are four ways to cook meatballs: bake, broil, deep-fry or pan fry. To bake: Arrange on a parchment-lined […]

Jason Block’s singing career hits a high note

It’s a wonder he could sing at all during choir practice at Ponderosa High School on March 3, as Jason Block’s wide grin never left his face. And no wonder, since he just got back home to Cameron Park after singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. Jason, son of Jennifer and […]

Jubilee to celebrate the county

What: County Wide Jubilee Who: Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m. Information: 530-622-4354 or 530-621-4591   The first ever County Wide Jubilee, dubbed “a night celebrating El Dorado County,” is set for Thursday, March 12 with entertainment, local […]

Blue Oak smashes fundraising record for cancer research

When Cameron Stewart started kindergarten at Blue Oak Elementary he was battling acute lymphocytic leukemia. Today the Ponderosa senior knows he never fought alone. His kindergarten teacher Linda Klotz spearheaded the school’s annual participation in Pennies for Patients, a spare change collection program schools nationwide have participated in to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society […]

Things to do: March 6, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 5, is featuring the lovely oil and acrylic paintings of Lori Anderson. Her vibrant and colorful pastoral scenes and still life themes are rich in color, light and brush strokes. Also featured are the dramatic large acrylic abstract paintings of Randy Honerlah and […]

Symphony concert features the music of Strauss

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents its annual symphony concert on Sunday, March 8 starting at 3 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. This year’s concert features the music of Richard Strauss. An important transitional figure between the 19th and […]

Capital Stage premieres Pulitzer Prize finalist

Capital Stage continues its 10th anniversary season with the Sacramento premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo. “Rapture, Blister, Burn” marks the Capital Stage directorial debut of frequent Capital Stage collaborator Shannon Mahoney and will run from March 11 through April 12. After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. […]

Bishop and Castro perform at Crest

Award-winning Alligator Records artists Elvin Bishop and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will perform on Friday, March 6 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Legendary blues guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Bishop, newly inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, is riding high atop his new Alligator Records release “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right.” […]

Quilt show at EDAC to celebrate state parks

El Dorado Arts Council, Pacific Street in Placerville, hosts the State Parks Quilt Show brought to El Dorado County by the Quilters’ Sew-Ciety of Redding. Crafted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the California State Parks, these 56 Art Quilts celebrate the parks’ incredible beauty and diversity. The State Park Quilt Show is also sponsored […]

The music lives on at Harris Center

This year marked the 56th anniversary of “the day the music died,” as Don McLean called the death of Buddy Holly in the song “American Pie.” To commemorate the occasion, the worldwide smash-hit musical “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” will be rocking the Harris Center for the Arts, proving that the music, like Buddy’s […]

Annual Theater Series opens at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town will showcase a diverse selection of theater performances for children and families on the first weekend of each month from March through August and the second weekend in July. Performing companies include the Fratello Marionettes, Puppet Art Theater Company, Magical Moonshine Theatre, The Puppet Company and Sean’s Shadows. “Fairytale Town is home to […]

Faithful Stewards help Nicaraguan community thrive

Who knew delicious desserts could make such a difference? Faithful Stewards Wine and Dessert Auction’s generous attendees have helped countless Nicaraguan children and families thrive over the years and it’s time once again to give back to the village of Nueva Vida. The eighth annual event will be held on Friday, March 6. Founded in […]

Dogs do I-Did-A-Run

As part of North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest 2015, the 11th annual I-Did-A-Run event returns to Tahoe Donner on Sunday, March 8 at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. This event will take place rain or shine and it’s the chance every dog dreams of — a moment to show off his or her skills in […]

Guitarist Craig Chaquico performs at Vinyl

One of rock, jazz and blues’ most prolific guitarist’s Craig Chaquico performs his musical hits for one night only, Saturday, March 7 at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe Casino. The original founding member of the Grammy-nominated Jefferson Starship and Starship, will play many of the multi-platinum hit songs from his 1970s Jefferson Starship […]

Foothill Foodie: Main Street is melting and that is a good thing

Sandwiches and scenery Main Street Melters has been in downtown Placerville for about six months now. There’s great people watching from their outdoor deck on the corner of Clay and Main streets — plus a couple of tables inside. You will find all of your most-loved sandwiches on the menu and adventurous eaters will discover new favorites. Melters builds their sandwiches with Boar’s […]

Tahoe springs forward with plenty to do

Tahoe South launches into spring with more than a foot of fresh powder falling on area ski resorts: Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood on the last weekend in February with additional accumulation occurring on Monday afternoon and evening. “The recent snowfall is perfect timing as we head into one of the most popular months of ski […]

‘Haunted’ is a modern ghost story with twists

Book: “Haunted: the Arnaud Legacy” Author: Lynn Carthage Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp., Feb.24, 2015, 288 pages, paperback and e-book versions “Haunted” is the perfect title for this new novel, the first in the Arnaud trilogy by El Dorado Hills author Lynn Carthage. A decrepit mansion, a hidden cemetery, a teenager haunted by her own actions […]

See what is Behind the Cellar Door

The Amador Vintners Association presents events every year celebrating the fine wines produced in Amador County by the 42 member wineries. On Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, Amador’s finest wineries are opening their cellar doors to showcase the extraordinary vintages that are crafted inside. One of the unique aspects during Behind the Cellar […]

Telling the story his way

When Perry King puts an old, battered cowboy hat on his head he instantly turns into a man who rides the range, rounding up cattle and inspiring romantic tales of the Old West. And it’s not even his hat. “This is Johnny Kemp’s hat,” said King, flashing the smile that has filled the movie screen […]

At a glance: Swan dance

The ballet “Swan Lake” debuted on March 4, 1877 and was considered rather unremarkable with the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography by Julius Reisinger. The ballet did have a number of performances and was part of the Bolshoi’s repertory for six years. During that time a new ballet master jazzed up the […]