Cedar Springs Waldorf School expands Early Childhood program

Cedar Springs Waldorf School will be expanding its Early Childhood program this fall for the 2014-15 school year. The school will offer three-day (Monday through Wednesday), four-day (Monday through Thursday) and five-day (Monday through Friday) classes. Cedar Springs also offers Extended Care Monday through Friday until 5:30 p.m. All interested parents are invited to attend […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

EMDT goes wild with ‘The Jungle Book’

What: “The Jungle Book” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Stage One at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway on the Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom When: Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. and matinée at 2 p.m. Cost: $13.50 to $28 Information: harriscenter.net or 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through […]

State Fair announces home brew winners

The 2014 California State Fair proudly announces the award winners of the Home Brewed Beer competition. This year there were 665 entries and more than 290 registered participants, judges and stewards. For the 20th straight year entries included beers, specialty IPAs, ciders and perry (fermented pears). The California State Fair Home Brew competition is the […]

State Fair honors students and leaders

The summer’s main event, the California State Fair, was kicked off in style with its annual gala featuring gourmet food, a live auction, entertainment and awards. It was also a night for making dreams come true as the Friends of the California State Fair awarded more than $32,000 in scholarships ranging from $250 to $5,000 […]

Cal Expo hosts free simulcast horse racing

The Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center is open Wednesday through Sunday offering off-track wagering from local, out-of-state and international racetracks with approximately 50-100 races per day at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. The Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center offers food from the Winners’ Circle Grill and drink service from the Sports Bar. General […]

Amador Fair honors park milestone

The Amador County Fair is holding a photography contest to highlight and promote Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum as part of the State Parks of California Sesquicentennial. Scenes of Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum taken in Amador County will be accepted. Since 1864, […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Apple Hill wants happy families

The Apple Hill Growers Association is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. In tribute the association is producing a 50th anniversary Celebration Video. As part of this production, the association is including a “My Family’s Apple Hill Experience” video contest. The contest is designed to give Apple Hill visitors the opportunity to explain why […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Noah’s Wish funds barn for Shingle shelter

Noah’s Wish joined forces with PAWED’s (People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County) Finishing Touches Campaign to complete the funding of the large animal barn at the new El Dorado County Animal Services facility, scheduled to open in the fall. Its contribution, together with a couple of initial generous contributions means PAWED has been […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Julie Leconte to present lunch program

The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection luncheon is Monday, July 14 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured guest is Julie Leconte, facilitator for Military Family Support Group, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting local […]

Free farmers market at vets memorial building

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of Placerville to host a free farmers market on Wednesday, July 9 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute fresh produce to those who need it most. If you are struggling to make ends meet and live […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Grow For It! Weed speak: What our weeds are telling us

We spend endless hours and funds trying to eliminate weeds from our gardens. But it’s important to understand “the enemy” and to intercept the messages. Here is a list of tell-tale weeds and their communications. If you have no problem with any of these, you are some sort of god among gardeners — and should […]

Film directed and produced by local to screen in Placerville

Placerville native, Todd Huffman will bring his latest film “Penton: The John Penton Story” to Regal Cinemas Placerville’s Stadium 8 Movie Theater on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. After two extremely well-received premieres in Cleveland and Hollywood, plus openings around the country, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” is being released in limited markets nationally including Placerville, […]

At a glance: Just for the hole of it

This is one of Bob Billingsleys favorite days. On July 9, 1872 John F. Blondel received a patent for a doughnut cutter. His machine used a spring-loaded tube to push the dough out of the cakes’ middle. Bob would probably still eat doughnuts with no hole but he favors the old-fashioned style with the hole. […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Snowline Hospice begins annual ‘Link-up’ campaign

Beginning Friday, Aug. 1, Link-up Poles will be located at all six Snowline Thrift Store locations and at the administrative office. These brightly painted poles will be housed at these locations until Sept. 12 to allow community members to attach a paper “link” signifying their encouragement and support of young people entering the Healing All […]

July 14, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Have an Hawaiian vacation at Carson Road wineries

Everyone is invited to enjoy “Luau On Carson” — an Hawaiian-themed day of fun at the Carson Road Wineries in Placerville and Camino. Nine of the Carson Road winery venues are offering Hawaiian themed food sampling, wine tasting, music and fun from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.on Saturday, July 26. Try sangria and Hawaiian pizza at Beemer’s Winery, […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Murder and melodrama travel on V and T train

Hijinks on the Comstock with a twist comes to Carson City this summer with “Where is the Gold?” a Wild West melodrama and murder mystery dinner set aboard a vintage Virginia and Truckee Railroad steam engine train, July 18 and Aug. 15. “Where is the Gold?” produced by the Brewery Arts Center will entertain with […]

July 08, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting

Pollock Pines man needs stem cell treatment

Marc Serchia, 56, is waiting on a miracle and if the doctors are correct he doesn’t have much more time. At the age of 39, Serchia suffered a massive heart attack, faced a 5-hour surgery to repair blocked arteries and died on the surgical table six separate times. Unbelievably, he survived, but with a severely […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Kurt Pearsall named new director of the Capitol Pops Concert Band

Veteran Sacramento-area musician and music educator Kurt Pearsall has been designated the new full-time director of the Capitol Pops Concert Band, assuming his conducting duties in September. He succeeds Jerry Lopes, who is retiring from the position in August after serving as the CPCB’s only director since the band was formed in 1997. “I am […]

Elder Options wins grant from chamber

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Elder Options Inc. a small business grant to be used to develop a series of educational talks focused on issues pertinent to older adults in El Dorado County. Older adults are among the fastest growing age groups overall (2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Play

When my children were little, the garage doors on the block rolled up about 9:30 in the morning. The big wheels came out roaring and a handful of moms met outside. Together, we guided the kids through activities: Lego building, dress up, playing house or just swinging. When we tired of the neighborhood, we walked […]

Indian Diggings School is a hidden treasure

Indian Diggings School may not be easily found on a map, but the stellar education provided to students by their dedicated teachers makes it well worth looking for. Nestled in south El Dorado County, a team of six staff help operate and teach at the school of less than 20 students ranging from kindergarten to […]

As we were: Govenor appoints judge

25 Years ago July 7, 1989 Deputy state AG appointed judge By DAVIDE RICHIE Georgetown resident Ed T. Keller is El Dorado County’s newest Superior Court judge. Keller confirmed reports about the appointment by Gov. George Deukmejian during a telephone interview with the Mountain Democrat Thursday afternoon. He was contacted at the state Attorney General’s office […]

State Fair announces commercial cheese winners

The California State Fair has announced the winners of the 2014 Commercial Cheese Competition. Cheesemakers from throughout California participated in the hope of being recognized as one of the best cheesemakers in the state. This year’s judges for the 2014 competition included: Darrell Corti, Sacramento grocer and food and wine guru; Mary Dedrick, Dedrick’s Main […]

CSROP instructor receives 2014 Pupils’ Choice Award

The El Dorado Union High School District and the Central Sierra Regional Occupational Program (CSROP) are excited to announce that Julie Gilroy has been awarded the 2014 Pupils’ Choice Career Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year. Gilroy has been teaching the CSROP Animal Health Program at Ponderosa High School since August 2007. The Sacramento […]

After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club 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 After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering is […]

Foothill dining: Make it better with bacon

The rich smell and crisp, smoky flavor of fresh sizzling bacon is a temptation few diners can resist. Indeed, some 53 percent of Americans eat bacon at least once a week, according to a recent survey by Smithfield. This love for bacon is fueling a culinary craze for bacon-infused and — inspired foods — everything […]

Things to do: July 4, 2014

ONGING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, July 7 through Aug. 3, is featuring fine art photographer, Doug Parks. Also featured this month is painter Joyce Bahnsen. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com. FRIDAY Oakstone Winery and Obscurity Cellars, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is celebrating […]

Desolation Wilderness celebrates 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964. The act established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) within which the Desolation Valley Primitive Area established in 1931, along with more land to the north, was congressionally designated […]

Time travel to the past in Old Sacramento

Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento. For the fifth consecutive summer, visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively, fun and free street theater as part of the hugely popular “Time Travel Weekends” program beginning July 5 through Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-5 […]

Rewind returns to Wine Smith

Placerville welcomes back the high energy band Rewind this Saturday, July 5. The band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville. Rewind has been pleasing crowds in the foothills for years. This unique group of musicians is best known for their uncanny ability to take the audience […]

Sinbad delivers laughs at MontBleu

The hilarious comedy stylings of Sinbad, who has fused day-to-day life observations with in-your-face audience repartee for more than two decades, will deliver the laughs in a one-night-only Lake Tahoe standup performance Saturday, July 5, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. The actor-comedian is ranked as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all […]

Hawaiian Summer comes to Gallery at 48 Natoma

Tropical breezes and soothing waves, the scent of plumeria and suntan oil, shaved ice and sun-baked sand will come to mind in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. The seasonally appropriate exhibit, Hawaiian Summer, will showcase the artistic talents of artists Wade Koniakowsky with paintings and surfboards, watercolors by Leslie Ruth […]

Celebrate at Homewood art fest

The Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates Independence Day weekend with the Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festival taking place Friday through Sunday, July 4 through 6, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This free event brings together an exciting group of more than 50 artists showcasing an assortment of collectable arts and crafts in a variety of […]

Time to celebrate the Fourth

El Dorado County knows how to throw a 238th birthday party for America.   Pollock Pines The Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center is sponsoring a day of fun called the Fourth of July Extravaganza, with help from the area Rotary Club and the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines. The day kicks off with a […]

Fifty years — city and country and loving both

Ralph and Sharon Hern, both 71, are planners. They planned their marriage to take place after Sharon graduated from San Jose State University in 1964; they planned their family after five years of career and travel; they planned to enjoy both rural and urban lifestyles and they planned to have a good time doing it. […]

Cal Expo celebrates the July Fourth

Cal Expo and CBS Radio are joining the city and county of Sacramento to produce the largest pyrotechnics display in the area. The Independence Day Celebration is a family-oriented collection event focused around America’s birthday on Friday. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and features all kinds of activities including inflatable water slides, face painting, […]

Capitol Pops presents Fourth concert

The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 17th season with a free public concert at 11 a.m. Friday, July 4 at Royer Park, 190 Park Drive, in Roseville. The outdoor, patriotic performance is part of a full day of red, white and blue festivities in the park just north of Douglas Boulevard. Under the baton […]

Duty: Marine Corps Pfc. Tyler Cuddy

Marine Corps Pfc. Tyler Cuddy, originally from Placerville, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., on June 6. For 13 weeks, Cuddy stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to […]

Engagement: Breann Nicole Brannon and Benjamin Thomas Jacoby

Daniel and Charlene Brannon of Belleville, W. Va., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Breann Nicole Brannon, 26, to Benjamin Thomas Jacoby, 32, of Manassas, Va. Nuptials are planned for Oct. 18 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Sterling, Va. The bride, who is an executive assistant in the finance department at Freddie Mac, graduated with a […]

Blonde bombshell lights up the silver screen

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, July 5, with a sassy comedy from 1933. Yes, she’s gorgeous. Her movies make a ton of money. But sexy film star Lola Burns just wants to be left alone, to be the ordinary girl she insists she is. But her deadbeat relatives keep hanging around and […]

Super Diamond headlines Summer Concert on the Green

Scheduled for July 5, Tahoe Donner’s annual Summer Concert on the Green will feature Super Diamond with opening act performance by Angele and the Wildwood Band. San Francisco’s Super Diamond will bring the Neil Diamond experience to Tahoe Donner at the Summer Concert on the Green. Super Diamond transcends the label of tribute band by […]

Duty: 2nd Lt. Angela E. Silverbush

Angela E. Silverbush has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Senior cadets have the opportunity to serve as academy cadet officers who provide leadership, motivation and direction for the cadet wing and demonstrate effective officership in […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Tempel

Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Tempel 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 […]

Railtown 1897 celebrates Fourth of July

The Fourth of July extended holiday is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 or a vintage diesel locomotive while being entertained by festive live music performed by local musicians. Train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are available […]

Amador Fair derby tickets available

Tickets for the big smash-up finale of the Amador County Fair always sell out, but if you act now you can still find seats for the Jackson Rotary Club’s Destruction Derby. The derby is held on Sunday night, July 27, the last day of the fair and the multi-car collision has a packed audience cheering […]