Grow For It!: ‘Frozen’ — Not for those tender plants

Walt Disney Pictures hit another Academy Awards jackpot last year with the popular animated movie “Frozen.” A Snow Queen with cryokinetic super powers freezes and unfreezes her kingdom at will, while singing the movie’s theme song “Let It Go” with the words, “Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway.” Not to […]

Want to become a Master Food Preserver?

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train to become a certified UCCE Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteer. Master Food Preserver volunteers learn university-based, scientific information and then share that knowledge with the community in El Dorado County through free […]

Hula is a hip dance

It’s so hip to hula. Not only do the hips express a language all their own, but the flowing arms and gentle finger movements tell their stories as well. And the fast-paced Tahitian dances tell the tale in double-time, exuberance and joy punctuating each staccato stamp of tiny, bare feet. Three youngsters took to the […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf School to hold informational meetings

Cedar Springs Waldorf School, 6029 Gold Meadows Road in Placerville, is offing a Waldorf Education Information Series and Tours in January for interested parents. Cedar Springs Waldorf School is a fully accredited Waldorf school providing a rich comprehensive education to children pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Located on a beautiful 5-acre campus,  the school has been […]

Tax volunteers available throughout the county

Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County starting Feb. 1 and going until April 15. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons aged 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service […]

Hiram Lodge No. 25 donates to food bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County announced that Hiram Lodge No. 25 of Free and Accepted Masons has expanded its list of worthy recipients to include the food bank. Hiram Lodge No. 25 is located in El Dorado and has been an active participant in charitable programs in El Dorado County for more than […]

As we were: Water always an issue

25 Years ago Jan. 12, 1990 $500,000 earmarked to buy Texas Hill reservoir land By DAVID RICHIE With concern mounting over recent real estate action in the area that may eventually be inundated by the proposed Texas Hill Reservoir, the county Water Agency Monday approved the budget transfer of an additional $500,000 for land acquisitions. A […]

Author launches book at the Smith Flat House

Author Lizzi Tremayne will be at the Smith Flat House, Smith Flat Road in Placerville, on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. to sign her book “A long Trail Rolling.” Meet the author and hear passages from her book. The story tells of a young girl escaping her father’s killer. Aleksandra served as a Pony Express rider and […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Your child’s health and dental toolkit

Healthy children are better able to learn. With 90 percent of a child’s brain developing before the age of 5, it is important to identify and address health issues early. Children don’t come with health care manuals. Maybe the automobile industry had it right by including maintenance schedules in the glove box. Taking your car […]

Foothill gourmet: Spinach is supreme

Mention the words a la Florentine and you immediately have my attention. The French phrase translates as “in the style of Florence,” and refers to dishes that are accented with spinach. When the entrée features fish, as well as spinach, it’s usually enrobed with Mornay sauce, sprinkled with cheese and browned in the oven. In […]

Pimp my dumpy looking garbage truck

“Yay! We’re stuck behind the garbage truck!” That might be a slight exaggeration, but it’s really not too far off the mark these days if you and the kids find yourselves driving behind an El Dorado Disposal garbage truck that has become a veritable piece of moving art. Thanks to the innovative idea of two […]

Carson Valley Inn offers fun January specials

January dining at the Carson Valley Inn includes value specials and 24-hour convenience in Katie’s, a variety of dinner entrées and specials in CV Steak and quick-stop fare in Job’s Perk. CV Steak is open nightly from 4:30 p.m. featuring a selection of tasty appetizers, a bountiful wine list, specialty after-dinner drinks and a generous […]

January is Learn to Ski month at Tahoe resorts

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort invite first-time guests to enjoy winter sports, as well as intermediate and advanced participants to further elevate their skills through the resorts’ renowned ski and snowboard schools. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national […]

Sutter Creek presents American Guitar Masters

Sutter Creek Theatre presents American Guitar Masters — Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and  $20 day of show. The American Guitar Masters Touring Concert Series features some of America’s top solo acoustic guitarists. Two upcoming tours feature Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis, presenting […]

Things to do: Jan. 9, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Deena Reyes, who creates extraordinary works of design and color using colored pencil and ink. Her fanciful original abstracts began as visualizations of pain as therapy for a back issue and developed into intriguing designs. Also featured is Soroush Mostafanejad, photographer. Mostafanejad’s […]

Darkroom and digital photographs showcased at exhibit

Davis Arts Center presents “From Darkroom to Digital,” an exhibit of work from the center’s historic photography collection alongside contemporary digital photographs by Dave Webb. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 30 in the Arts Center’s Tsao Gallery, 1919 F St. in Davis. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday […]

‘The Boy Friend’ opens at Sac Theater

In addition to the professional Main Series productions, Sacramento Theater Company  is staging four Youth Series productions in 2015, featuring STC School of the Arts students. The Young Professionals Conservatory of STC’s School of the Arts is a 10-month program for students age 12 to 18, which prepares students for a career in theater through […]

Pull out the bibs … it’s crab time!

What: 22nd annual Crab & Tri-Tip Feed Who: Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person before Jan. 15 and $55 after Information: Attention crab lovers: The crab feed of the year returns Saturday, Jan. 31. The Rotary Club of El Dorado […]

‘Space, Light and Pattern’ exhibition opens

Throughout the month of January, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. in Davis, will be exhibiting “Space, Light and Pattern” by artist Joseph Bellacera. A special opening reception will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9. Bellacera devotes full time to the challenge of making art out of chaos. With […]

Pollock Pines film maker works to make a difference

Quietly toiling away at his home surrounded by towering trees in Pollock Pines, a 38-year-old film maker is working hard to try to change the world. He just might do that, since he already has written, directed, edited and co-produced a remarkable film that has received numerous awards for its humanitarian message and laudable art. […]

Peggy Depue to offer art collage workshop

Art On the Divide Cooperative gallery will host an instructional collage workshop with local artist Peggy Depue on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Garden Valley Grange, 4940 Marshall Road in Garden Valley. All who are interested are invited to pre-register at the cooperative gallery before Jan. 25. Class size is limited […]

Mandala class opens new paths

If you have ever wondered how the Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery create such beautiful and precise mandalas, you have an opportunity to learn from them and try it for yourself on Saturday, Jan. 10. The monks will be teaching a class showing adults how to create a sand mandala using the traditional […]

Artist starts PAA year off with a bang

Placerville Arts Association is starting its year off with a bang. No fireworks or banging pots and pans, but rather with a talented northern California artist, Annie Murphy-Robinson, who will be sharing her expertise in the use of sandpaper, found objects and photography. Using this technique, she “sees” in the dark. The public — young […]

Soul Play opens concert series

The Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, is opening its 2015 concert series with Soul Play on Saturday, Jan. 10. Opening the evening of music is local favorite Tamra Godey. Soul Play is one of Sacramento’s premiere R&B, soul and funk bands. A tight musical group, Soul Play features some of […]

Music takes center stage in Amador

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 18 Amador City and Drytown will be full of live music from 1 p.m. until nightfall. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, Feist Wines releases its 2014 Amador County Viognier to the backdrop of The Church Street Sinners singing its raw, original Americana porch music. Also playing is […]

Appetite meets altitude during Tahoe Restaurant Week

Gourmet burgers, handmade pastas, mouth-watering steaks, fresh seafood, inventive small plates and decadent desserts are on the menu Jan. 9-16 at Tahoe South as the area’s restaurants roll out an extraordinary culinary experience for California Restaurant Month. Tahoe South Restaurant Week connects foodies with the area’s most notable locally-owned eateries, each recognized for their classic […]

Buckeye’s Best Show showcases students

The fourth annual Buckeye’s Best Talent and Art Show is being presented by the Buckeye Union School District on Friday, Jan. 16. This wonderful event is an evening when talented students can showcase their talent. Ranging from singing to comedy acts, these students bring it each and every year. It’s a fun night for all. […]

Time to apply for El Dorado Rose

El Dorado County has received local, state and national recognition for the unique contest for mature women held each year at the El Dorado County Fair in June. Once again the El Dorado Rose Corporation is looking for Rose candidates to vie for the 2015-16 title. Candidates must be at least 60 years of age, […]

Plenty of winter fun at Tahoe

Best-of-Tahoe Resorts highlights the best of what’s new for the 2015 season at Lake Tahoe. Heavenly’s high-energy atmosphere is guaranteed to reach a new level during winter with the opening of the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe in early 2015 in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core. In addition to a 25,000 square-foot casino, […]

World-class entertainment at Harris Center

Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, prides itself on presenting superb talent from all over the world. On Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m., the opportunity has arisen to introduce talent from the far reaches of the globe with an outstanding classical music performance by the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra […]

Jazz stars entertain at annual jazz competition

The 26th Annual Folsom Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and it promises to be an exciting day of entertainment. This year’s guest artists include Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel, the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble and the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Adding to the program will be […]

Guitar heroes play at Harris Center

Two bona fide guitar heroes in their respective fields, Eric Johnson in the rock realm and Mike Stern in the jazz world, go toe-to-toe in “Eclectic” at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Friday, Jan. 30. Guitar aficionados of all stripes will stand slack-jawed hearing these formidable six-stringers exchanging high-octane licks on […]

Story time with Dick Cable

“All Aboard for Story Time” with former News10 anchor and legendary local newscaster Dick Cable is on the California Railroad Museum’s Dinotrain at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. This popular reading program, introduced in 2013 by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum, is offered on the first and […]

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ face off at Harris Center

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life from Jan. 19-21, on the Harris Center for the Arts stage in an all new production of the musical phenomenon “Jekyll & Hyde.” Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, “Jekyll & Hyde” is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant […]

Film festival shows award-winning entires

Music in the Mountains is thrilled to have its film “River Music” accepted into the 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth […]

Mark Hummel plays tribute to Bluebird Records

Mark Hummel returns to Harris Center for the Arts and brings more of his talented friends with him in a Wednesday, Jan. 14 tribute to Bluebird Records. The Blues Harmonica Blowout has sold out in past performances and with the caliber of talent joining this evening’s activities, tickets will be in high demand. Bluebird Records/RCA […]

Ched Drol Healing Ritual at the Cozmic Café

Bogged down in your own life? At times, the negative forces in the world can seem overwhelming. On Friday, Jan. 9, members of the public have a unique opportunity to identify the negative and limiting forces in their lives and have help in releasing them. The Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery will be […]

Life as I know it! Living it up

As we continued our lives in Woodland Hills we decided that some type of playground equipment would be something I could do for our growing girls. The idea of a playhouse came to mind so I gathered materials and made a small playhouse backed against the concrete wall separating our properties. A house needs furniture, […]

Tahoe Hard Rock Hotel and Casino places new sign

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe met a major milestone in its $60 million renovation and redesign with the installation of a new monument sign along Highway 50. The new sign replaces the debilitated Horizon marquee and ushers in an improved property make-over and economic revitalization of Tahoe South and the Highway 50 […]

Grow For It! Master Gardeners help you grow healthy in 2015

So how are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? If you pledged to nourish your brain and body in positive ways for 2015, your local University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners have just the thing to help keep you on track. They are making some exciting additions to the class schedule and bringing […]

CP Barber Shop is a cut above

Andy and Barney didn’t drop in, but the stream of customers walking past the red-and-white barber’s pole and into the Cameron Park Barbershop could have come straight from Mayberry. It’s that kind of place, where friends and neighbors meet to chat about the weather, sports and current news events and come up with solutions to […]

At a glance: Great balls of fire

The new year starts out with a little flare with the Quadrantids, a meteor shower that can have some bright fireballs. The activity is through Jan. 10. On Jan. 7, 1896 Fannie Farmer published her first cookbook. Her books are still great to this day and have great tips, nice basic recipes and a lot […]

Judy Muetz keeps them in stitches

All those gorgeous ladies in their fabulous vintage dresses vying each year to become El Dorado Rose always seem to be smiling and laughing. That’s because for 25 years Judy Muetz of Placerville has kept them in stitches. Muetz, 66, has voluntarily given her time to the task of clothing the El Dorado Rose candidates […]

Duty: Army Pfc. Paul D. Berzinas

Army Pfc. Paul D. Berzinas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Arts are focus of discussion

The National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council will host “From Surveys to Solutions: Engaging Audiences in the Arts” on Monday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. This event will be held at Capital Stage Company, 2215 J St. in Midtown Sacramento and will include an announcement by Chairman Jane Chu, National Endowment […]