Writer to share tips and experiences

Calling all writers. Looking for insights into the writing world? Writer Lori Moore shares her experiences and answers questions on writing to a faith-based audience at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. According to public speaker and writer Moore, the secret to speaking, to […]

Community support builds teen facility

Students at Pioneer and Mountain Creek schools soon will be able to walk across the road and spend after-school hours — and the summer — in a brand-new teen center, courtesy of the South County community and generous support from others, including the El Dorado Union High School District. Members of the Pioneer Bible Church […]

First 5: Is your child ready? What is school readiness?

There is a national conversation about the importance of children being ready for school. According to Ready Nation, “Children not kindergarten-ready are half as likely to read well by third grade.” Furthermore, “children not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out.” This conversation creates pressure on parents. The subject […]

As we were: New gold

25 Years ago March 31, 1989 El Dorado wine’s like Gold on the vine Discover El Dorado wineries in the Land of Gold whose boundaries encompass a rediscovered viticultural region now producing world class wines. On the western slope of the Sierra Nevada are found North America’s highest elevation vinifera vineyards reaching from 1,200 feet to […]

Everyone wins at the Nature Bowl

The spring-green grass at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma was crawling with kids on two recent sunny days — students from area schools intent on getting close to nature and taking their classroom learning to the source itself. The students participated in the 29th annual Nature Bowl, with the competition in Coloma […]

Things to do: March 28, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 6, is featuring the beautiful, elegant jewelry and fused glass works of Susan Preissner. Also featured is Paul Cockrell, who is showing night-time scenes of downtown Placerville and Carol Quinn, oil painter of vibrant, colorful landscapes of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierra. […]

T.G. Sheppard in concert Friday

T.G. Sheppard is appearing Friday, March 28 in the up-close setting of the Valley Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn. Doors open 6:15 p.m. and the show starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 and they can be purchased at the Carson Valley Inn hotel desk or call 775-783-6606. A special T.G. Sheppard weekend hotel package […]

Big band salute to Frank Sinatra

It’s going to be a star-studded show when Harris Center for the Arts presents a Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Harry James featuring the Don Clark Big Band. Joining in the tribute will be the legendary vocal group the Four Lads, performing “Moments to Remember,” “Istanbul,” “Standing on a Corner” and more. Also included are […]

Gold Country Artists cook up new book

The members of Gold Country Artists Gallery are thrilled to announce the arrival of their book of art and recipes entitled “Food & Art.” This delightful book showcases beautiful reproductions of 60 pieces of artwork by 30 of the gallery members and approximately 100 modern and nostalgic family recipes from the artists’ kitchens. The book […]

Sierra Nevada House — culinary gold in Coloma

Restaurant: Sierra Nevada House Address: 835 Lotus Road in Coloma Phone: 530-626-8096 Hours: Thursday through Monday at 4 p.m. and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday I am ashamed to admit this but in the five years I have lived and worked in El Dorado County I had never set foot in the gastronomic landmark that […]

Celebrity chef to cook free dinners for the public

Chef Mark Anthony will share healthful living principles and a full meal with El Dorado County residents on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. “The live cooking shows are fun and exciting — very surprising — not your normal boring seminar.” Anthony said. “I actually cook a whole meal for everybody right in front of […]

Old Sac event celebrates women

In honor of “Women’s History Month,” the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to present a special Living History event. Women’s History Day free events will take place throughout Old Sacramento State Historic Park on Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dressed in 19th century period attire, men and women will show […]

Play offers important messages

What:  ”You Can’t Take It With You” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville in Placerville When: Friday, March 28 through Saturday, April 19 Cost: All Tickets are $15 and groups $12 Information: 530-642-0404   Imagination Theater’s latest play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” presents a frolicking, fun-loving family that […]

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

On Friday, March 28, the de Young will kick off season 10 of its Friday Nights series, giving the local community a chance to enjoy art, live performances and hands-on art activities during extended hours at the museum. This series, funded by Hanson Bridgett with additional support from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the […]

Scavenger hunt kick-offs drive

Hands4Hope — Youth Making A Difference will be partnering with local schools for a Toiletries Drive Challenge. Participating elementary schools will compete for a traveling trophy that will be awarded to the school that fills the most collection barrels with items per student ratio. The drive will run from March 31 to April 11 and […]

‘It’s Magic!’ to amaze and dazzle the audience

Harris Center for the Arts audiences have fallen in love with “It’s Magic!” as shown by consecutive years of sold-out performances and added performances. Now America’s longest running all-star magic review returns to Folsom with an exciting all-new lineup. “It’s Magic!’ is in its 56th year; each season presents the world’s top magic and variety […]

Adam Marsland to perform

Multi-talented, Los Angeles based musician and producer Adam Marsland comes to the Naked Lounge in Sacramento on April 2. Marsland wrote, played nearly every instrument, produced and engineered “The Owl and the Full Moon” in 2013, an album that consolidates his 17 years as a recording artist, session musician, producer and relentless DIY road warrior. […]

Workshop to cover retirement planning and you

Looking forward to the day you can hang up the work clothes, take down the shingle and say goodbye to the business world? Join the El Dorado County Commission on Aging for an interactive and informative retirement planning workshop, “Planning for a Lifetime” at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the El Dorado County […]

American Pickers are looking for interesting stuff

The American Pickers will be coming to the Northern California area and the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and Media Office is looking for people with barns, warehouses and buildings full of odd, unique and interesting collections. It is good to have some history of the items and location information tied to the items. The show is […]

Free ‘My Time’ support group meeting

“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 and is facilitated by Ruth […]

At a glance: Bocce time

The bocce ball league is starting up at Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, on Friday, March 28. This is a really fun time with teams of four playing every Friday through May 23 from 6-8 p.m. At the end of the league, the top four teams play in a single elimination play […]

Say it out loud

For the second year in a row, Connor Ricketts, a sophomore at Charter University Prep in El Dorado, garnered first place honors at the El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud competition held at Imagination Theater in February. Ricketts, with his inspired performances of Matthew Arnold’s classic poem “Dover Beach” and Delmore Schwartz’s “The True Blue […]

Grow For It! Is it time to cut those grasses back?

Ornamental grasses are one of the most beautiful and carefree plants in a landscape but some care is needed to keep them looking good. One common concern many gardeners have is the timing of cutting grasses back. This article goes through tips and techniques for doing that. Gardeners need to first know whether a grass […]

Hangtown Kennel Club offers classes

Hangtown Kennel Club training classes start in April. Beginning Thursday, April 10 the Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is offering its first six-week training session for 2014 in both obedience and conformation at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. For those preparing a dog for the breed ring, the conformation class focuses on […]

Clarice Assad makes debut performance at Harris Center

Composer, arranger, producer, pianist, vocalist and Grammy Award-nominee Clarice Assad will make her Harris Center for the Arts debut on Thursday, March 27. It comes on the heels of her critically acclaimed performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center. As a pianist, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements […]

Enjoy dessert in El Dorado Hills to help families

For more than a decade, El Dorado Hills residents Brandon and Alisha Mecier, along with many caring volunteers, have dedicated their time and resources to making people’s lives better thousands of miles away. “People who are blessed have great opportunities to provide for others,” Brandon said. The non-profit Faithful Stewards has done just that for […]

Learn how to grow beautiful roses

The Mother Lode Rose Society is presenting a program on “Growing Beautiful Roses Simply.” This is a program filled with interesting ideas on selecting, planting, feeding, deadheading and dealing with the problem that so many growers have with deer. The society is honored to have past president Beverly Rose Hopper as the speaker at the […]

Mature Leadership CP is ready for new members

The Mature Leadership Council in Cameron Park is looking for new members. It functions to assess and help implement the interests of older adults in the greater Cameron Park area. The first objective was to conduct a survey in December and January identifying needs and preferences of older adults for the community center. Cameron Park does […]

Soroptimist grants to community providers now available

What began 10 years ago as a distribution of hard-earned funds to worthy community providers, has blossomed into an annual program by Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills. Applications are now available for local non-profit and charitable organizations to submit for its 2013-14 financial grants. This community service organization has provided more than $83,000 […]

Capitol Pops Concert Band marks 17th anniversary

The Capitol Pops Concert Band will celebrate its 17th season with a free, open to the public concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights. Under the baton of Director Jerry Lopes, CPCB’s anniversary concert performance will include some of the band’s traditional American favorites […]

Grants available for senior organizations

The Friends of Seniors organization has, with a very dedicated core group of individuals, been working together this year as it continues to raise awareness of the needs of the senior population as well as raise funds to further its mission to support “wellness, dignity and independence of El Dorado County seniors and their caregivers.” […]

As we were: No soup for Placerville

25 Years ago March 24, 1989 Pea Soup Anderson’s moving forward again By JOHN SAMMON Development of a local Pea Soup Anderson’s restaurant and hotel reportedly is back on track, after delays caused by Anderson’s bankruptcy reorganization under chapter 11. “We have a management contract with the developer and we’re waiting for a signature on it,” […]

Teen asks community to Light It Up Blue

Matthais Zierhut has prepared for this role his whole life. The 16-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore is the planner and coordinator of El Dorado Hills’ first Light It Up Blue event in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2. Autism Speaks created the campaign where more than 1,300 cities spanning all […]

Foothill gourmet: Can’t go wrong with bacon

Today’s column features several appetizer recipes and many recipes include bacon. We purchased uncured bacon, (no nitrites). Most of the recipes serve four to six guests. One or two recipes will easily serve a small dinner party. If you’re planning an appetizer party, prepare several additional recipes. Goat cheese trio — Cut a 12 ounce […]

Girl Scouts helping make garden grow

Six blossoming beauties, all members of Girl Scout Jr. Troop 1321 of Placerville, have been working diligently to help raise money for the popular garden program at Louisiana Schnell School. The fifth-graders, Rebecca Hulsing, Haley Kline, Chloe Habas, Tessa Bush, Abby Porter and Zoe Bryant all are busy selling ceramic tiles that will decorate a […]

Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer hold early registration

Early registration  for El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer will be Tuesday, March 25 at Pizza Plus, 4615 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. The El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer organizers have partnered with Pizza Plus this season. Twenty percent of the sales that evening will be donated back to the El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer program. […]

Things to do: March 21, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 6, is showing the vibrant and colorful landscapes of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierra by Carol Quinn along with new night-time photographs of downtown Placerville by Paul Cockrell and the elegant jewelry and fused glass artistry of Susan Preissner. For more information […]

The Renfros have the answers for wedded bliss

When Roy Renfro first laid eyes upon who would become his wife of 50 years, he really didn’t think much of the young lady in the elevator who was wearing shorts with red bloomers peeking out, thinking only that the brunette bombshell “was too giggly.” “I wasn’t impressed with the presentation,” said Roy recently from […]

Tarbet to demonstrate at Sierra Pastel Society

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills for a special art occasion. After a brief business meeting, there will be a pastel demonstration and lecture by Urania Christy Tarbet on the joy of painting and teaching art workshops […]

‘Savory Cocktails’ is that and more

Book: “Savory Cocktails” Author: Greg Henry Publisher: Ulysses Press,  August 2013, softcover, 144 pages, available from Ulysses Press Cost: $16.95 Weary of the same old margaritas or rum and Cokes? Why does every cocktail seem to be sweet? Greg Henry’s “Savory Cocktails” will shake up your taste buds and your entertainment status quo with cocktails […]

Catch the magic at Harris Center

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” the multi Tony Award-winning musical play written by Tony Award-nominee Rick Elice and directed by Tony Award‐winner Roger Rees and Tony Award‐nominee Alex Timbers, will bring its magic to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom as a stop on its first National Tour. “Peter and the Starcatcher,” […]

‘Dean’ and friends visit Cameron Park

When Dean Martin’s daughter Deana heard a familiar voice crooning from the stage at the Steubenville Dean Martin Festival a while back — long after her famous father had passed — she reportedly remarked, “I thought I heard my dad singing.” Deana had gone to catch the show after her mom, Jeanne Martin, had told […]

Katchup with the Wienermobile

Cokie Reed, an Oscar Mayer Hotdogger, is driving the Wienermobile all across the country and will be stopping at stopping at the Food 4 Less, 3333 Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Sunday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by to get your photo taken the Wienermobile, play some fun activities and get a […]

The Masters of Percussion come to Folsom

Indian music is one of the jewels of the world’s cultural heritage and there is nothing like a Masters of Percussion tour to bring that point home. Zakir Hussain and The Masters of Percussion bring their special talents to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, for one performance only. Hussain is […]

Pink Floyd Experience brings it

Two years ago the music of Pink Floyd filled the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, to capacity audiences. This year’s The Pink Floyd Experience is complete with a dazzling new light show, giant screen HD Video, full quadraphonic sound and six brilliant musicians dedicated to bringing the most authentic Floyd […]